One of the CBI officials said that each candidate who was to benefit from the question papers leaked by the dummy candidates had paid Gurivi Reddy Rs 35 lakh in instalments. However, the “real” candidates had not received answers by the time the CBI nabbed the dummy candidates and the rest of the gang from different hotels in Chandigarh.
The CBI officials had summoned 10 people whose names were provided by Gurivi Reddy and Dr Ganga Dhar Reddy. Initially, out of the 10 summoned, seven showed up on November 19 at the CBI office. The remaining three came in the past two days, said a source in the CBI.
Asked about formal arrest of any of these candidates, the CBI source said, “Since these alleged beneficiaries had not received answers by the time the CBI arrested the dummy candidates from the centres, we cannot say whether they will be arrested or not. As for now, these candidates are still detained and are being questioned in the presence of Gurivi Reddy and Dr Ganga Dhar Reddy.”
In another development, the CBI has recovered some cheques from Gurivi Reddy. Though CBI sources say that these cheques were duly signed by the account holders, it is still not clear as to why an aspirant wanting Reddy’s help to cheat would pay through a cheque. In some of the cheques, the amount was also mentioned while some were blank. CBI sleuths say that a team has been sent to Hyderabad to find out the account holders.
Bail application of accused dismissed
A local court on Friday dismissed the bail application which was moved by P Siddhartha, one of the accused allegedly involved in leaking the question paper during PGI's MD/MS exam on November 10. As per orders by the court, the release of the accused at this stage of the case might hamper the investigation process.
Counsel for CBI, Manmohan Sharma said, "The investigation of the case is at a very crucial stage as yet. The release of even a single accused on bail may hinder with the investigations." He also added that the gravity of the crime is such that if Siddhartha is granted bail, there is a chance that he may tamper with the evidence.