Bombay HC grants bail to ex-company consultant who conducts teacher eligibility test, refuses to relieve government staff | Bombay News

MUMBAI: In a 2018 Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) scam where the names of more than 1,700 ineligible candidates were “made eligible”, the Bombay High Court on Monday granted bail to a former consultant associated with GA Software Pvt Ltd, Banglore, a company entrusted with the contract to conduct the TET exam for three years – 2017 to 2019.
Judge CV Bhadang granted bail to Saurabh Tripathi, but denied a bail application filed by co-defendant Nikhil Kadam, a senior clerk in the Department of Minority and Adult Education, who was not initially not named in the FIR.
Additional Public Prosecutor SR Agarkar opposing the separate bail pleas had said “there is a deep-rooted conspiracy to tamper with the result of the exam in which the scores obtained by approximately 1701 candidates were falsified, showing them eligible, thereby causing serious harm to genuine candidates causing widespread unrest among candidates and the public.The Cyber ​​Police Station in Pune last December filed an FIR on a complaint filed by Dattatray Jagtap, Chairman of the Board of Review of Maharashtra, Pune.
The FIR relates to offenses of cheating, counterfeiting of securities, criminal conspiracy under Indian Penal Code, offense of cheating by impersonation under Section 66D of the Information Technology Act information and offenses under the Malpractice Prevention Act of Maharashtra at the University Council and other specified examinations. , 1982.
The main allegation was that Ashwin Kumar, then director of GA Software, in conspiracy with the then education commissioner, Sukhdeo Dere, Tukaram Supe and Abhishek Sawarikar, then technical adviser to the education department, presented the names of about 550 to 600 ineligible candidates in the shortlist after accepting Rs.50,000/- to Rs.60,000/- each of these candidates thus deceived the state and the genuine candidates.
Tripathi, who was vice chairman of a public limited company, worked with GA Software between April 2017 and March 2018, then resigned to join a Pune company in March 2018, his lawyers Rajeev Chavan and Aniket Nikam said. Tripathi had rushed to HC to be released on bail after a sessions judge refused to release him on February 8.
Police are relying on a statement from a co-defendant, the CEO of GA Software, that Tripathi worked until March 2019 at the company.
Tripathi reportedly attended a conspiracy meeting held in Delhi in 2017, but his lead lawyer Chavan argued that “it is unlikely and quite remote that the conspiracy to cobble together the result of the 2018 exam could hatch in June 2017. ”
HC’s order said, “He is not shown to be the beneficiary or have any specific role in the entire episode. The evidence against the plaintiff (Tripathi) is mostly in the form of statements by the co-defendant.” Noting that the investigation is over, HC said he cannot be held behind bars only on the grounds that some co-defendants still have to to be arrested.
The HC granted Tripathi bail on a PR bond of Rs 25,000 and ordered him to hand over his passport to the court of first instance.

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