Member of fact-finding panel among 7 held

Assistant registrar of examinations Rajendra Pandit was a member of the committee appointed by university to inquire into allegations.

In an important development in the investigation of alleged re-evaluation scam in University of Pune, police on Saturday evening arrested seven more persons, including a member of the fact-finding committee formed to probe into the same issue, the head of the re-evaluation section and three students.

University administration has also transferred a number of staffers from the exam department in connection to the case.

The investigation by police in dummy students racket in Poona College had revealed that the suspects arrested were also allegedly involved a racket of fraudulently passing the students who failed in exams, by facilitating an increase in their marks during answer paper re-evaluation.

On Saturday evening, Chatushrungi police arrested assistant registrar of examinations Rajendra Pandit, who was surprisingly a member of the fact-finding committee appointed by the university to inquire into the allegations, re-evaluation section head Lalsingh Wasawe, re-evaluation section staffer Surendra Naidu and senior clerk Nanda Pawar.

Three arrested students are Alamari Hameed, Obed Ahmed, both from Oman, and Mohsin Mehboob Shaikh from Pune. University of Pune administration has transferred about 22 staffers of the exam department and and also 30 more from other departments.

The primary investigation in the case of dummy students' racket and its further links was done by senior inspector Bhanupratap Barge and PSI Ashwini Jagtap of social security cell of Pune police crime branch.

Assistant police inspector Mahesh Bolkotgi, who is investigating the case, said, "Our probe revealed that these staffers were part of the conspiracy. The job of the clerks was to monitor re-evaluation and subsequent data entry. The heads of these sections were in the know of these malpractices." He added, "We have also found as of now that three students had paid money to get their marks increased. They too have been arrested. More names may come up." Police are now probing the flow of the money after it was received from the students.

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