The CB-CID has arrested H Omkanthan, a Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) Record clerk, for allegedly colluding with the prime suspect, Jayakumar, in the TNPSC Group 4 exam scam.
The police have also revealed the modus operandi. Reports said that Jayakumar had approached Omkanthan and offered him a bribe of Rs 15 lakh. Omkanthan was also allegedly part of the team that was in charge of transporting TNPSC answer sheets from Sivaganga treasury to the Chennai TNPSC office on the night of September 1.
After the exams, the team started to Chennai with the answer scripts in a parcel van. Jayakumar followed the van on the highway. When the van stopped around 10.30 pm for dinner, Omkanthan allegedly gave the key to the safe that had the answer sheets to Jayakumar, so that the latter can take the sheets from the bundles.
After taking the answer sheets, Jayakumar handed over the keys back to Omkanthan and they continued the journey to Chennai. While on the move, Jayakumar managed to alter the answers in the papers of those who had paid him. However, due to time constraints, he could tweak the answer papers of only 39 candidates.
When the parcel van stopped at Vikravandi for tea around 5.30 am, Jayakumar replaced the answer sheets in the bundles, allegedly with Omkanthan’s help, and fled.
The police have identified eight more suspects in the case, including T Venkatramanan (38) of Avadi who allegedly worked as a middleman and helped candidates to clear exams, M Thiruvelmurugan (31) of Thiruvadanai in Ramanathapuram district, R Rajasekar (26) of Panruti in Cuddalore district, M Khalesha (29) of Avadi, Thiruramar, Nithish Kumar and Thirukumaran. More arrests are likely to be made.
The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) banned 99 candidates for life for resorting to malpractices in a Group IV exam held on September 1, 2019.
On Friday, the state CBCID arrested a school education department staff member, an agent and an employee in the energy department, and detained at least 15 others including the tahsildars from Keezhakkarai and Rameswaram. The agents supplied the candidates pens filled with special ink and after changing the responses, the agents with the help of officials replaced the OMR sheets, a TNPSC release said.