Pune: Two students named Adesh Chopade and Chinmay Atrawal of KK Wagh Engineering College from Nashik were arrested by Nashik police team allegedly in connection with paper leaks and hacking of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) website, on Sunday. A judicial magistrate court on Monday remanded both the accused students to police custody till May 10.
The duo has been studying Bachelors of Engineering in Information Technology (BE IT). Last week, it was reported that a question paper of second-year linear algebra in Bachelors in Science (B Sc) stream was leaked by two people in Nashik.
According to sources, the leaked papers were circulated over social media and students received it a night before their examination scheduled on April 28.
The official statement from SPPU stated that Vice-Chancellor of SPPU Nitin Karmalkar had set up a committee headed by Principal of KTHM College, VB Gaikwad, AV Patil of Loknete Vyankatrao Hiray Mahavidyalaya and Rajendra Talvare, coordinator of examination centre at SPPU, to probe the matter.
As per the committee, the paper was leaked through electronic media, hence, complaint against the two has been registered with Cyber Crime Cell in Nashik.
University officials also informed that the website is working normally.
“We had questioned nearly 45 students in this case and then reached these two culprits. When questioned, they immediately admitted that papers were leaked by them. Their intention was to make money by selling those papers. Immediately, the committee filed a complaint at Cyber Crime Cell in Nashik on Saturday,” said VB Gaikwad.
The committee has submitted a confidential report to the university. The final decision in this case will be cleared at a meeting to be held on May 12.
Meanwhile, according to sources, it has been learnt that considering the seriousness of this case, there are chances of a re-test. However, the university has not yet confirmed whether a re-examination of this particular paper will be conducted or not.