TSPSC scraps AE exam, SIT intensifies probe; KTR wants thorough investigation into BJP angle
TSPSC has decided to cancel the examination held on March 5, 2023 for Assistant Engineers recruitment in view of the paper leak
HYDERABAD: The Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) has decided to cancel the examination held on March 5, 2023 for Assistant Engineers recruitment in view of the paper leak. The fresh date for conducting re-examination will be announced later, according to a communique.
The release read: “TSPSC issued Notification No.16/2022 on 12/09/2022 for 837 vacancies which includes posts of Assistant Engineers, Municipal Assistant Engineers, Technical Officers and Junior Technical Officers in various Engineering Departments.
Commission after careful examination of the FIR No. 95/2023, Dt:
14/03/2023 registered by Central Crime Station, Hyderabad District, with regard to leakage of question papers, has decided to cancel the examination held on March 5,2023. The fresh date for conducting of examination will be announced later.
Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Team
As many as 74,000 people applied for the posts, while 55,000 appeared for the examination.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) has swung into action. Additional Commissioner of Police (Crimes) of the Hyderabad City Police A R Srinivas met TSPSC chairman B Janardhan Reddy and other officials at the Commission. The SIT collected important data and information from the computers of the Secretary’s PA (main accused Praveen, who is arrested is the PA of the secretary), computers in the confidential section of the secretary’s office, the WhatsApp conversations of the accused persons call data and began analysing it.
A teacher in a government residential school Renuka Rathod, who is also arrested, is said to have drawn up a plan for the leakage and entered into a deal with Praveen for Rs.10 lakh. She had promised to “leak” the question paper of AE examination to two persons in Mahbubnagar district and collected Rs.14 lakh and gave Rs 10 lakh to Praveen. The money trail began then and money transfer was noticed in the bank accounts of the accused.
Meanwhile, Minister K T Rama Rao urged the Director-General of Police Anjani Kumar to throughly investigate into the case.
The minister retweeted a tweet of Telangana State Technology Services chairman Patimeedi Jagan who mentioned that Accused No.2 Rajasekhar Reddy was an activist of the BJP and an active campaigner to the party in the last few elections.
The minister in his tweet said: “Even by the very low standards of BJP, this is vulgarity at its worst
Just to malign Telangana Govt, BJP seems to have hatched a conspiracy to destroy the lives of innocent youth
I request the @TelanganaDGP Garu to enquire this matter thoroughly and bring perpetrators to justice.”
In fact, the BJP connection of the accused was first tweeted by Telangana State Mineral Development Corporation chairman Krishank Manne who put out the pictures of Rajasekhar Reddy being part of the BJP.