TNPSC scam: Accused taken to Rameswaram

Chennai:The Crime Branch CID (CB-CID), investigating the Tamilnadu Public Service (TNPSC) scam took the two main accused, Jayakumar and Omkanthan to Kilakarai and Rameswaram, where the malpractice took place, for an inquiry.

Recently, the CB-CID got the custody of the duo extended for six days for further inquiry. It is said that the two named several senior officials in the government who were involved in the scam.

Jayakumar is said to be the kingpin of the scam. He was helped by Omkanthan, a Record Clerk.

This morning, the CB-CID took four exam candidates into four-day custody. The department has begun investigating Sampath, Selvendran, Appu alias Prabhakar and Karthikeyan.

The men are alleged to have paid lakhs to agents to clear the TNPSC Group IV exam to bag government jobs.

It may be noted that the CB-CID is investigating the alleged large scale malpractice in TNPSC examinations, including the 2019 Group IV exam, 2017 Group 2A exam and the 2016 VAO test. So far, over 47 people, including agents, government staff and candidates have been arrested.

The main accused, Jayakumar of Mugappair is said to have taken Rs 5.83 crore from various candidates who wanted to clear the TNPSC exam through fraud. Jayakumar had given a special ink pen to the candidates.

He later re-marked the answers with the help of Omkanthan, who was in-charge of transporting the answer sheet bundles from Rameswaram to Chennai. The answers were manipulated in a moving vehicle from Rameswaram to Chennai.

NT Bureau