TNPSC scam: VAO arrested, kingpin confesses to crime

Chennai: The CB-CID arrested a Village Administrative Officer (VAO) in connection with the Tamilnadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) scams this morning.

The VAO, identified as Suyamburajan, is currently posted at Thiruvallur. With this, the total number of persons arrested in the case stands at 41.
Sources said, the CB-CID has a list of government staff allegedly involved in the exam scam and more arrests could be expected.

The CB-CID is investigating the large scale malpractice taken place in TNPSC examinations, including the 2019 Group IV exam, 2017 Group 2A exam and the 2016 VAO test.

Meanwhile, the main accused Jayakumar of Mugappair, confessed to the crime of tampering with answer sheets. He is said to have taken Rs 5.83 crore from various candidates who wanted to clear the TNPSC exam through malpractice.Jayakumar was taken to Rameswaram for an inquiry.

Yesterday, the CB-CID sleuths arrested five people including two VAOs and three drivers. The drivers were identified as K Karthi and T Senthilkumar of Ennore and Sabudeen of Perambur.

The trio were involved in escorting the vehicles carrying answer sheets of 2019 Group IV exam from Rameswaram to Chennai. The drivers colluded with TNPSC staff Omkanthan, one of the main accused who was in-charge of the transportation and is currently in police custody.They allowed Jayakumar to tamper with the answer scripts.

Jayakumar had given a special ink pen to the candidates. He later re-marked the answers. Through this some candidates were listed as rank holders and landed on government jobs.