Observing that the act of leaking examination question papers is an organised crime, the three accused men were denied bail by two single benches of the High Court in separate bail rulings. Justice Hitesh Kumar Sarma denied bail to accused Prasanta Kumar Dutta (Retired DIG), but Justice Parthi Jyoti Saikia denied bail to the co-accused, Saroj Sarma and Diban Deka.
This case was a paper leak wherein the State Level Police Recruitment Board issued an advertisement seeking online applications from qualified applicants for 597 sub inspector positions in the Assam Police Department. More than 90,000 people applied for the position. About 66,000 hopefuls downloaded E-Admit cards in order to take the exam, but the question papers were leaked and disseminated on WhatsApp before the exam, causing the written test to be cancelled. The FIR was filed by the Chairman of the State Police Recruitment Board. Following an inquiry, Saroj Sarma and Diban Deka were charged under sections 120B, 418, and 420 of the Indian Penal Code and spent time in judicial custody. Also, under section 439 of the CrPC.
“As a result of the question paper leak, the future of our younger generation is jeopardized.”This crime can not be compared to the multi-million rupee scams. Theft of question papers is a well-organized crime. This is a crime against society as a whole. This court is satisfied that the current petitioners are facing prima facie evidence. ” Justice Saikia said.
Justice Dutta, on the other hand, was of the opinion that: “The current recruitment scam in government service erodes public trust in the system. It is a severe injustice to the qualified and meritorious candidates who work till the wee hours of the night to be chosen for service. As a result, such schemes are seen as a threat to public and societal interests. “
Therefore, bail was not granted by the Guahati High Court and the court observed: “This court is satisfied that the current petitioners are facing prima facie evidence. As a result, this court sees no reason to concur with the petitioners’ request. As a result, Saroj Sarma and Diban Deka’s bail applications have been denied. “