‘Delay in access to documents hindering re-evaluation scam investigation’

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While the three-member fact-finding committee constituted by the UoP to probe alleged dummy students racket and re-evaluation scam is expected to submit its report in a couple of days, the investigations 'haven't even touched' the irregularities in the re-evaluation process, sources close to the Committee have revealed. The probe has so far only focused on the dummy students racket which police had described as a tip of the iceberg as far as the re-evaluation scam was concerned.

The committee also hasn't verified the claim by the Cantonment Police which had handed over the University a list of 28 students who, the police believe, paid to get their marks increased.

V-C W N Gade told The Indian Express on Saturday, "As per information received by my office today, the committee will submit its report by Tuesday."

Sources confirmed that the probe panel was given a list of students who allegedly paid to get their marks increased, but the investigations didn't progress for want of documents.

"The investigations in the dummy students racket case are almost complete. But the probe into the alleged re-evaluation scam was stalled as the committee hasn't been given the required documents. Long Diwali vacations was one of the reasons for delay in getting the documents. To complete the probe in re-evaluation irregularities, the committee will need co-operation of the examination department," said a source close to the probe panel.

But Sampada Joshi, controller of examinations, rejected the claims. "We are co-operating with the police and with the fact-finding committee. All the required documents are being made available to them readily," said Joshi.

The Cantonment Police which handed over to the varsity administration a list of students who allegedly paid Rs 15,000 to 20,000 to clear examinations by way of increasing their marks in the re-evaluation process, had also requested the university administration to lodge a formal police complaint if the university finds any truth in the evidence provided to them. The reluctance on part of the varsity administration to lodge a formal complaint has raised several eyebrows.

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