By ARUN PRATAP SINGH
DEHRADUN, 11 Aug: Special Task Force (STF) of Uttarakhand Police is carrying on with its investigation into the Uttarakhand Subordinate Services Selection Commission (UKSSSC) question paper leak, related to the Graduate Level Entrance Examination conducted by the Commission. Today one more arrest was made by the SFT conducting the investigation. In addition, sources claimed that one official of Uttarakhand Secretariat was also being questioned with regard to his role in the scam. The person arrested and sent to the jail is Tushar Chauhan, a resident of Jaspur in district Udham Singh Nagar. According to the sources, the arrest has been made on the basis of the evidence available so far. Chauhan was today presented in the court which sent him to the judicial custody for 14 days. In this case, so far 14 persons have been arrested and of them three are government officials. Most of the arrests have been made from Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts. Most of these arrests were made following the arrest of two officials working in the courts. Deep investigation is required to unearth the whole conspiracy. The STF suspects that either there has been gross negligence in the entire process of conducting the paper or the leakage had been a wellplanned conspiracy. In such a situation, STF will try to gather important information by interrogating retired examiner Narayan Singh Dangi too.
The negligence on the part of the Commission to prevent leakage of question paper and its inability to conduct the examination in a fair manner has severely dented the image of the Commission and the government too. Gross negligence is also evident in certain matters related to the conduct of the examination. For example, no CCTV footage is available of the printing and packing process in press which printed the question paper. This information has been received from the examination controller Narayan Singh Dangi during the interrogation of the STF. At the same time, the Press has been directed by the STF to provide the CCTV footage to the commission. In the UKSSSC paper leak case, the names of some Panchayat members are also under the radar. It is being claimed that some of the suspects have also gone outside the country. However, in this case, the STF has made it clear that unless any evidence is found against anyone, nothing can be said about it. According to the information, a case was registered against a district panchayat member in the paper leak case in 2020.