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TNPSC exam scam: Middleman, 3 rank holders arrested
The CB-CID sleuths on Saturday arrested four more persons, including three persons who were among the top 100 rank holders and a middleman, in connection with the investigation into the alleged scam in Group 4 examination conducted by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) last year.
Among the accused, T Venkatramanan (38) of Avadi worked as a middleman between the candidates and helped candidates to clear exams, while others – M Thiruvelmurugan (31) of Thiruvadanai in Ramanathapuram district, R Rajasekar (26) of Panruti in Cuddalore district and M Khalesha (29) of Avadi – cleared the exam and secure good ranks with the help of scamsters.
The CB-CID officials added that special teams have been formed in all the districts to question the candidates and arrest the suspects. Three men have already been arrested on Friday, including an official of the Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI), in connection with the TNPSC Group 4 exam scam. In all 13.66 lakh people attended the examination held on September 1, the rank list for which was published on November 12. During the investigation, the police team found that the malpractice took place at two exam centres in Keelakarai and Rameswaram.
The allegations shocked the State, following which a CB-CID probe was ordered. The TNPSC has banned 99 candidates from attending all competitive exams for life after inquiries revealed they had manipulated the answers by using a special ink.
TNUSRB refutes scam in cop recruitment
Meanwhile, messages were doing the rounds on WhatsApp that there was a similar scam in recruitment of Grade-II constable level posts, for which tests were conducted by the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) in August last year. The allegation was that those who appeared for the exam at one particular centre in Vellore district cleared the exam in large numbers. However, TNUSRB officials have denied any foul play in the examination for the 8,826 posts, and said that exam was conducted in a fair manner.