Army paper leak case: Another major-rank officer gets police remand till March 15
PUNE A second major-rank officer was remanded to the custody of the Pune police by a local court on Wednesday.
PUNE A second major-rank officer was remanded to the custody of the Pune police by a local court on Wednesday. He has been remanded to police custody until March 15 in the Army paper leak case.
He has been identified as Major Vasant Vijay Kilari (45) and was arrested from Delhi Cantonment by the crime branch on Tuesday.
The remand was granted by the court of special judge SR Navander with public prosecutor Premkumar Agarwal and advocate Jyoti Pawar as the defence advocate.
According to police, about 30,000 candidates were to appear for the common entrance exam at 40 centres across India on February 28. However, the exam was cancelled as the paper leak was detected by Military Intelligence (MI) sleuths.
“Accused (Kilari) had forwarded the question paper to accused number 6 (Major Thiru Murugan Thangavelu). The accused was hiding and avoiding arrest. Considering the prospects of the case, sufficient time for interrogation is required,” said the judge in the open court.
The others arrested in the case include Major Thiru Murugan Thangavelu (47), who was arrested from Tamil Nadu and Kishore Mahadev Giri (40), Malegaon in Baramati; Madhav Sheshrao Gitte (38), a resident of Sappers Vihar colony in Pune; another accused called Bharat Lakshman Adakmol (37), from Pachora, Pune; Gopal Yuvraj Koli (31), a reading of BEG Centre in Dighi; and Uday Dattu Auti (23), a resident of BEG Khadki.
Koli works as a physical trainer at Training Battalion-2 and Auti works in the Regimental Police.
“They were both isolated from the police for days and it was not easy to get them out of the places from where they were arrested. We have initiated the process to recover their phones,” said public prosecutor Agarwal.
Advocate Pawar, who also represents Adakmol, made the same argument that the legal representative of Major Thangvelu had made, that the phone of the accused had already been seized and that the calls can be retrieved using the phone number.
The men have been arrested in a case registered under Sections 420, 409, 34 of Indian Penal Code, Sections 6 and 7 of Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractices Act university, board and other specified examination act, 1982; Sections 7, 12, and 13 of Prevention of Corruption Act, and Section 66(c) of Information Technology Act at Wanowrie police station.
The ones arrested in Vishrantwadi have been identified as Ali Akhtar Khan (47), Azad Lalmohammed Khan (37) and Mahendra Chandrabhan (37).
A similar case has been registered at Vishrantwadi police station against the three. The case in Vishrantwadi is being investigated by Unit 4 of the Pune police crime branch.