Aurangabad: The state criminal investigation department (CID), probing the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examination dummy candidate racket, on Saturday arrested eight people, including seven government employees.
According to police, these government employees have managed to get government jobs with the help of dummy candidates. The accused have been identified as Laxman Chavan, Dhanraj Rathod, Anil Jadhav, Swapnil Pawar, Sunil Rahtod, Kunal Rathod, Chandan Kewalsingh Rathod (all government employees) and Shivprasad Dumne (24).
“The racket was busted before Dumne could bag a job. All these accused were produced before the court in Nanded on Monday following which they have been remanded in CID’s custody.
Prior to this, the CID arrested 25 government employees from across the state on charges of bagging jobs with the help of this dummy candidate racket.
Superintendent of police (CID) Shankar Kengar told reporter, “These arrests are part of the investigation in the scam. The accused are facing charges of taking help of dummy candidates to crack the entrance exams and bag government jobs in the past few years.”
An officer in the SIT said that investigators have managed to dig out crucial evidences as well as facts that have never seen light of the day.
“All the accused have been arrested after gathering crucial evidence of their links with the racketeers. During the course of custody, the CID apart from recording their statements and extracting all possible information about the scam would also try to find out other suspects who have also benefited from the racket that impersonated candidates, forged exam hall tickets and cracked exams in lieu of anything between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh,” he said.
Catching many by surprise, several teams of CID starting from late on Saturday started the operation to nab the accused from different parts of the state including Mumbai, Nashik, Nanded, among others.