Staff Reporter

Registrar, six assistant registrars accused of involvement in question paper leak

A few candidates found to have been favoured Several candidates reportedly had other people write the examination in their names The accused officials to be issued show-cause notices

BANGALORE: In the wake of an inquiry report pointing fingers at some officials of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) for its Post-Graduate Entrance Test (PGET) question paper leak, the university on Thursday repatriated eight officials, including the Registrar and six assistant registrars, to their parent departments.

The three-member inquiry committee had reportedly indicated that along with the leak, some university personnel had spoon-fed some candidates to top the rank list. The PGET was conducted in February.

Impersonation suspected

The panel revealed that the question papers were leaked at the stage of setting multiple-choice questions. Some candidates had reportedly got their examination written by others, according to the report.

The university officials were repatriated on the directions of the State Government.

The stage was set for the parent departments of these officials to issue show-cause notices against them seeking their reply to the reported lapses.

Once their responses were received, further action would be taken, sources told The Hindu .

CoD probe likely

Based on the inquiry report, the case is expected to be referred to the Corps of Detectives (CoD).

The Education Department is likely to formally press for a CoD inquiry soon.

Meanwhile, the State Government accepted the inquiry report.

The show-cause notices were being prepared, the sources said.

Action is also likely against 16 students, after issuing show-cause notices to them. The inquiry panel had found that in the last few years, no student had secured more than 160 to 165 marks out of 200.

However, in this year's test, some students were found to have got 195 to 197, a performance that was extremely difficult to believe, the sources said.