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Notice to institute in paper leak case

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, APRIL 14. The Crime Branch of the Delhi police has sent notices to Akash Coaching Institute seeking its help in the investigations into the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) All India Pre-Medical Test paper leak case. Satinder Verma, one of the accused who had applied for the entrance examination this year, had joined the institute on the pretext of preparations. Two arrests have been made in the case so far.

It is learnt that Satinder, who is absconding along with his brother, Ranjit Verma, had got himself enrolled with the Mayur Vihar branch of the institute to prepare for the PMT. Since Ranjit, the main accused, had obtained handwritten copies of the PMT papers, it is not yet clear why Satinder joined the institute.

The police suspect that he did so for reasons other than preparations for the examination; probably to rope in some tutor to solve the question papers. The police have sent notices to the Janakpuri corporate head office and the Mayur Vihar branch of the institute asking them to assist in the probe.

The police might also question the tutors employed by the institute, which has four branches across the Capital.

Meanwhile, the Crime Branch today questioned the staff of the Noida Medical Centre to know more about one of the absconding accused, Banny Gautam, who had been working as a lab assistant there. It has come to light that Gautam had been reporting for duty till a day before the racket was unearthed. Two of the accused - Vikas Verma and Rakesh Verma -- were arrested from New Ashok Nagar this past Saturday. A police team had earlier raided Gautam's Kondli residence but did not find him.

While the team sent to Jaipur to find out more about the activities of the gang and identify other culprits returned empty-handed to the Capital, it is learnt that another team has been sent to Ahmedabad in Gujarat to question the staff of a printing press where the PMT papers had reportedly been printed. There is a strong suspicion that the original papers were shown to the brain behind the racket by someone working with the printing press.

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