Two detained in suspected cash-for-marks scam in BU

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The Bangalore University is again in the news for the wrong reasons. On Monday, police questioned a former syndicate member and a lecturer in connection with an alleged “cash for marks” scam. No charges had been filed against the duo till this report was filed.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Ravikanthe Gowda told The Hindu, “A former syndicate member and lecturer have been detained for questioning.”

The scam came to light last week after the Halasur Gate police picked up two contract employees of BU — Basavaraju and Gangadharaiah — on being alerted that they had been collecting money from students in exchange for ensuring good marks. The duo was arrested. During questioning, they disclosed the names of the syndicate member and lecturer, Mr. Gowda said. Based on this, police registered a case suo motu and on Monday began questioning the syndicate member and lecturer, he added.

A senior officer, who is part of the investigation, said police have learnt that the duo had been running the racket for the past three years. They were collecting a huge sum of money from students who sought good marks. The amount depended on the marks the students sought and ranged from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 80,000, the officer said.

The detained persons claimed they approached invigilators and bribed them to pass the students. They even used to tamper the marks while they were being fed into the computer for final printing, police said.

At times, they would insert additional sheets with the correct answers in answer scripts after gaining access to the strongroom where the answer scripts were kept, police said.

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