Draconian law invoked against PU leak mafia

Draconian law invoked against PU leak mafia

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-04-20 21:01 Bengaluru: The Karnataka Criminal Investigation Department (CID) police have invoked The Karnataka Control of Organized Crime Act (KCOCA-2000) against Shivakumariah and his syndicate in connection with the PUC question paper leak case on Wednesday. HC Kishore Chandra, Director General of Police (DGP) for CID said Shivakumariah, the main accused, was involved in around 10 cases of leaking question papers of various examinations in Karnataka over the last 10 years. “It was a well organised crime syndicate led by Shivakumariah, who is yet to be arrest in this question paper leak case. We have invoked KCOCA against this syndicate for their continuous criminal activity to make money illegally,” Chandra said. He added that the CID police informed the courts concerned about the invoking of Section 3 of KCOCA against the syndicate, to ensure that the suspects are not able to avail anticipatory bail from the court. CH Prathap Reddy, Additional Director General of Police (CID) said the case of the 2nd PU Chemistry question paper leak had been registered and so far 10 accused persons had been arrested. Shivakumariah is still at large and many police teams continuing investigation across the state and some more people will be arrested soon. “We have reviewed previous cases related to question papers leak across the state. There are 10 such cases from past 10 years registered in the state and Shivakumariah was involved in all the cases. He was named in charge-sheets filed in six such cases so far. So, we learn in the review that Shivakumariah is running this syndicate with the intention of making money. We have provision to invoke KCOCA against a person or gang involved continuously in criminal cases and we did it in the interest of students and public in the state,” Reddy said. He said the provisions of KCOCA empowered the government to attach property earned through illegal means by the accused persons. The investigation officer can take accused persons into custody for up to 30 days and the courts would not grant anticipatory bail for the accused persons. The investigation officer of the case can avail upto 180 days time to file the charge-sheet. The Chemistry examination of second PUC was cancelled on March 21, after the question paper leak and later the PU department cancelled the examination and rescheduled for March 31. But, again the question paper was leaked on March 31 and this examination too was cancelled and rescheduled for April 12. The two leaks and re-exams caused much traumato PU students across the state and angry students and parents staged protest against the state government and demanded for the resignation of Primary and Secondary education minister Kimmane Rathnakar.