Thiruvananthapuram: The crime branch team investigating the alleged fraud in the PSC examination for civil police officers will go for a model test for the accused Shivarenjith and Naseem with the same question papers used for the test.
The crime branch team has sought the permission of the chief judicial court here for conducting the test as part of the investigation. The team pointed out that the accused had failed to answer any of the questions of the PSC test when the crime branch team questioned them.
The probe team has also sought the details of the visitors to the two accused from the superintendent of the Poojappura central jail.
Prime accused in University College stabbing case Shivarenjith had topped the rank list while co-accused Naseem secured 28th rank in the civil police officer test conducted on July 2018. Pranav, who got second rank in the PSC test, too, is an accused in the case of stabbing one Akhil Chandran at the college on July 12. Pranav is absconding and the other two accused are remanded in jail.
The investigation has already zeroed in on the other culprits behind question leak. Policeman Gokul who is an accused in the case confided to cops that it was prime accused Pranav's friends who gave him the question paper leaked from University College.
Gokul, who is the fifth accused in the case, told the police that someone brought the question paper out of the hall of the University College soon after the examination had begun. This confession has created suspicion on the involvement of teaching and non-teaching staff at the college in the examination fraud. It is understood that the crime branch team may also seek to put all the accused to a narco-analysis test.
The crime branch has also decided to seek results of all recruitment examinations conducted by the Public Service Commission in the past few years as part of the investigation to ascertain whether more persons committed similar fraud. The phone record of the candidates who came in the first 100 in other examinations on the day will also be checked. Examinations were conducted for appointment to seven police battalions on the day....