The entrance examination of Chennai-based SRM deemed university was cancelled on Sunday following a question paper leak in the city on Saturday.
The university’s B Tech entrance exam was scheduled for 10am on Sunday. City-based techie, Praneeth (25), was arrested on Saturday for attempting to sell copies of the question paper with the answer key. Praneeth, who is originally from Khammam district, is an employee of Jubilee Hills-based Indosoft International, police said.
The issue came to light when a local news channel caught Praneeth on-camera while he was trying to sell the question paper. Praneeth had fixed a rate of Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 for the paper and its answer key. The TV crew handed him over to Madhapur police on Saturday night. A case was booked against him.
Madhapur police said the question paper was also being traded online to students based in other states, including Chennai. In spite of a reported leak of the question paper, SRM University initially did not cancel the examination. The test was conduced in over 20 centres in the city from 10am to 12.30pm. The university registrar N Sethuraman, however, cancelled the examination at around 2pm following protests by parents at various centres in the city.
According to Madhapur inspector K Srinath Reddy, Praneeth got a copy of the question paper from his friend G V Reddy, a native of Vijayawada. Praneeth, a former student of SRM College, befriended G V Reddy at the college a year ago. “G V procured a soft copy of the question paper and sent it to Praneeth via email,” said Srinath Reddy.
The police retrieved the email from Praneeth’s PC. Even the copies of the question paper were found. “We are in touch with Chennai police as it is not known how G V Reddy got the question paper,” said Madhapur inspector.
Meanwhile, officials from the university said that they had no idea about the leak till the news was reported by TV channels on Sunday morning.