On Wednesday, Azad Maidan Police arrested an art teacher of a Chembur-based School who allegedly leaked intermediate papers on WhatsApp in Sept 2019. The Police registered a first information report (FIR) against 2 art teachers, Amit Pore & Gangadhar Sawant, in July this year after an investigation report was submitted by the education department.
Senior Inspector Vidyasagar Kalkundre, Azad Maidan Police Station said that “Amit Pore was arrested after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by session court & the high court recently. He was produced in the court & remanded in police custody till Aug 12″.
Sawant has not been arrested yet. The mobile phones of the suspects have been given to the forensic department in Kalina forensic science laboratory to gather evidence, said Kalkundre.
The intermediate drawing exams were scheduled to be held from Sept 26 to Sept 29, 2019, & the papers were leaked on Sept 24, 2 days before the exam. Following this, the concerned department of Directorate of Art of Maharashtra Govt cancelled the exams, said a Police officer.
The department then informed all the centres to return the sealed bunch of question papers to the examination centre.
Police said, “The Art department formed a committee & during an inquiry, they found that the seal of one bunch of question papers, sent by the Chembur-based school, was tampered with”.
The inquiry further found the involvement of Pore & Sawant, who were the art teachers of the school & in-charge of the question papers. A written complaint regarding the matter was filed by the controller in Sept 2019.
The Senior Inspector said that “The police conducted an inquiry & found them to be involved. A case has been registered against both for breach of trust & under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act in the second of July, this year. Pore had first approached the sessions court & then the high court seeking anticipatory bail, but his plea was rejected. However, he surrendered in the metropolitan court on Monday & was arrested thereafter”.