Narayan Group founder and senior Telugu Desam Party leader Ponguru Narayana on Wednesday was granted bail by a court in Chittoor town of Andhra Pradesh, a day after he was arrested in connection with the leakage of SSC exam for Class 10 question paper on April 27.
Narayana Group runs over 600 schools and junior colleges across India, many of them in the two Telugu states, according to its website.
A former minister, Narayana was arrested from his residence in Hyderabad on Tuesday morning and brought by road to Chittoor. He was produced before Chittoor judicial magistrate Justice Sulochana Rani past midnight, who granted him bail on the ground that the charges made by the police against him lacked merit. The TDP leader was asked to submit two personal sureties of ₹1 lakh each for the bail.
On April 27, a question paper of Telugu subject was allegedly leaked by a teacher of Tirupati’s Narayana college. The police officials found that the teacher clicked a photo of the question paper an hour after the exam began and posted it on a social media group. Similarly, other question papers were also leaked in various districts.
Chittoor superintendent of police Y Rishant Reddy told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that Narayana was arrested on a complaint by district educational officer on April 27 which said a Gelugu subject question paper of the Class 10 was being circulated in WhatsApp groups by some unknown persons.
“During the investigation, we have traced the mobile phone links of the accused, which ultimately led to the involvement of Narayana. Apparently, the accused resorted to leakage of the question paper only to increase the number of admissions in the Narayana group of institutions,” Reddy said.
In all, seven persons were arrested in the case, the SP said adding that they have arrested Narayana after “gathering technical evidence and depositions made by the other accused.”
A case has been registered in Chittoor Tow-1 police station under the AP Public Examinations (Prevention of Malpractices and Unfair Means) Act, 1997, Hindustan Times reported.
Meanwhile, education malpractice is gradually killing the system of students reading for examinations. Reading culture, which is a general practice among the studying is becoming less due to this professional misconduct.