PUNE: The Pune police crime branch arrested on Monday a serving lieutenant colonel, posted with an Army unit in Secunderabad, in connection with the leaking of question papers for the an all-India Army entrance exam. The exam was to be held on February 28 but had to be cancelled.
“We have arrested a Lt Col rank officer in the paper leak case but I won’t comment any further on the matter for now,” Pune police commissioner Amitabh Gupta told TOI.
An Army officer from Delhi, who did not wish to be named, said, “The lieutenant colonel was the presiding officer of the panel that was in charge of the question paper printing at the Army Recruitment Office (ARO) in Secunderabad. According to the procedure, the ARO is required to form separate panels, comprising officers from Army units in the military area where the ARO is located, for printing and distribution of question papers. The Lt Col was not with the ARO but was from one of the Army units in Secunderabad.”
He said, “An internal Army inquiry has prima facie established his link with the alleged leak.”
Two Army majors are among the 10 suspects arrested earlier.
A police officer associated with the investigation said the arrested Lt Col was being brought to Pune in connection with the FIR registered by the Wanowrie police. He will be produced before a special court on Tuesday for custodial remand.
On May 14, the police had arrested a storekeeper, Prasad Veera Narnepati (41), from the central ordnance depot in New Delhi in relation to the paper leak case.