An answer sheet scam has been unearthed in Mumbai University (MU). The scam is related to first semester engineering papers. The Bhandup Police (Mumbai) have arrested eight MU employees in connection with the scam.
Shivshankar Bhonsle, Sub-Inspector who is investigating the
case said, “Our investigation has revealed that about 92 answer sheets,
consisting of two papers, were tampered with. The exam was conducted on May 11.”
Bhonsle added, “Students who have benefitted from this scam will be booked under
Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractices at University, Board and Other Specified
Examination Act, 1982. We are calling the students one by one for interrogation.”
Modus operandi of the scam is as follows: during exams, students
would purposefully leave some space blank in their answer sheet. A peon
hand-in-gloves with the security guard at the hall where the answer sheets were stored would smuggle out the sheets. A WhatsApp image of the student’s hall
ticket would help the peon identify answer sheets to be smuggled out. Papers would
be smuggled out with a condition that students return it in 24 hours.
Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested a student who was
also an agent who would help in cracking the deals. For every paper, a fee of Rs
15,000 to 20,000 was charged by the accused.