Mumbai: Two professors of an engineering college, who were earlier questioned in connection with the Mumbai University exam question papers leak case, were on Friday arrested, taking the total number of arrests in the case to 16, police said.
Archana Thakre and Kavita Yadav, professors at the Konkan Gyanpeet College of Engineering in Karjat, were held after being booked under sections 5 and 6 of the Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractices at University, Board and other specified Examinations Act 1982, police said.
The papers of Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BEEE)- for ATKT (allowed to keep term) students held on May 26, Applied Physics-II and Maths-II paper for first-year students of Mumbai varsity held on May 23 and May 18 respectively were leaked hours before the scheduled examinations. However, the exams were held as per the schedule.
On Tuesday two professors-- Milind Lad and Shrikant More-- and a laboratory assistant Sachin Lad from the same college had been arrested along with 11 others.
Thakre and Yadav had initially been questioned in connection with the leaks after arrested accused Lad told investigators that Thakre, a paper-setter with the MU had outsourced her work to Yadav, police said.
According to Lad, he photocopied a handwritten copy of the BEEE paper allegedly set by Yadav but handed over to him by Thakre to scan and send to the varsity. Finding this opportunity, Lad then leaked the paper for money, police said.
Giving details that led to the two lady professors` arrests, a senior police official at the Crime branch said, "We have reason and evidence to suggest that Thakre and Yadav broke rules as specified by sections 5 and 6 of the Act which state that the person entrusted with custody of a question paper should not disclose its contents to any person, nor can the person give someone a copy of it."
"The two lady professors had communicated contents of the paper in an unauthorised way and have been nabbed in connection with the case," the officer added.