Pune police arrested Sukhadev Dere, former commissioner of the Maharashtra State Council for Exams (MSCE), and then director of a software company tasked with conducting the 2018 teacher eligibility test in connection with allegations of wrongdoing, an official said on Tuesday.
Dere was taken into police custody late Monday evening, based on information received by police during an ongoing investigation into alleged irregularities in the 2020 Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in which the commissioner MSCE, Tukaram Supe, was arrested last week, the Pune official said. the cyber and economic crime wing of the police.
“A separate case has been filed against Dere for his alleged involvement in malpractice during TET 2018. Further investigation is underway,” he said.
Supe and another person had been arrested by Pune police for allegedly taking money to alter the results of some candidates so that they could clear the TET, officials said earlier.
Police also recovered unaccounted silver and gold ornaments worth more than Rs 2 million from Supe, they said.
The alleged wrongdoing in TET 2020 came to light during the investigation into the attempted leak of a document from the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) review, in which six people have already been arrested, police said. Police say Dere and Ashwin Kumar, then director of GA Software who was responsible for conducting the exam, allegedly took money to falsify the 2018 Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) results.
Police said the alleged misconduct in the 2018 TET exam came to light during the ongoing investigation into the 2020 TET exam.
“We have registered a separate case against Dere and Kumar in connection with the alleged tampering of TET 2018 exam scores,” said Deputy Police (Cyber) Commissioner Vijay Palsule.
Besides Supe, the police arrested GS Software director Pritesh Deshmukh, one Santosh Harkal and state education department consultant Abhishek Sawrikar.
Supe, Sawrikar, Harkal and Deshmukh were also named as accused in the present case (TET 2018) because they and Dere allegedly took Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 each of about 500 to 600 candidates and made them eligible for the ‘examination by falsifying with their marks, according to the police.
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