Telangana BJP Chief Released from Jail After Getting Bail in SSC Paper Leak Case

Hyderabad: Telangana BJP president and MP Bandi Sanjay was released from Karimnagar district jail after he was granted bail in the SSC paper leak case.

He was arrested in Karimnagar on Tuesday. A court in Hanamkonda on Wednesday had sent him to judicial custody till April 19 in relation to the Class 10 question paper leak case. Police has named Sanjay as the first accused in the FIR. Police arrested him on charges of criminal conspiracy, malpractices in SSC public exams with an intention to spread rumours and disrupt the peaceful conduct of the ongoing SSC exams in the state.

Police charged the second and third accused Prashanth and Mahesh with sending a minor boy to the examination centre in Kamalapur at the behest of the first accused, Sanjay. The minor boy trespassed into the exam centre, scaled the compound wall and clicked an image of the Hindi question paper from one student in one of the rooms in the first floor, reported ABP News quoting the Telangana police. The picture of the question paper was then allegedly forwarded to a WhatsApp group SSC 2019-2020 exam and subsequently circulated on other groups.

Bandi Sanjay was booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), and 505 (circulating any report or statement with an intent to cause alarm to the public). Police have also invoked sections 4 (A), 6 of the TS Public Examinations (Prevention of Malpractices) Act, and Section 66(D) of the Information Technology Act. The sections are non-bailable, and if convicted, the guilty may face a jail sentence of 3 to 7 years.

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