Panel head says ‘denied’ access to answersheets

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The Chatuhshrungi police said an important aspect of the primary investigations would be to check if the changes in the marks were made on answersheets or at the time of data entry. In the answersheet case, the role of some more university staff would also come under the scanner.

Sharad Awasthi, retired assistant commissioner of police, who headed the three-member fact-finding committee said he tried to investigate if the changes in marks were made on the answersheets or during data entry, but he could not do so. "This is because I could not get access to the answersheets," he said.

"This is a crucial aspect of the investigation. Therefore, I had sought access to see the answersheets. But I could not get access to the answer sheets...Clearly, the committee doesn't have all the powers to investigate that the police will have," Awasthi told The Indian Express. Awasthi, however, added that both Vice-Chancellor Wasudev Gade and Controller of Examination Sampada Joshi were co-operative and forthcoming.

An officer with the Chatuhshrungi police station said, "We are looking into two possibilities. Either changes were made by the clerks when they entered the data or on the answer sheets during the re-evaluation. For looking into this we have asked for eight different documents, including the answersheets of the students whose numbers were shared with us by the Cantonment police station."

Joshi, however, claimed that Awasthi never asked for the answersheets.

"The answersheets of the students involved in the alleged dummy racket weren't available with us, as we had handed them over to the cantonment police who needed them for handwriting verification. Awasthi never sought access to answer sheets of the students allegedly involved in the re-evaluation irregularities. He was heading the fact-finding committee and he had access to all the documents," said Joshi.

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