ED steps in, registers an ECIR in the TSPSC question paper leak case

The ECIR assumes significance amidst the Opposition parties alleging the involvement of politicians from the ruling BRS in the paper leak.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 01, 2023 | 2:03 AM Updated Apr 01, 2023 | 7:54 AM

TSPSC cancels the Assistant Engineer exam, SIT begins probe by questioning TSPSC officials

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) in connection with the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) question paper leak case.

The registering of ECIR assumes significance amidst the Opposition parties in the state alleging the involvement of influential persons and politicians from the ruling BRS.

The ED will probe money-laundering charges in the case following allegations that those who leaked the question paper received money through hawala channels.

It would write a letter to the state government requesting to share the FIR and other details of the investigation conducted so far for a detailed probe.

If the case details were not shared, then the ED might approach the Telangana High Court seeking a direction to the state government to share details.

Related: Congress seeks ED probe into role of KTR in TSPSC paper leak

The investigation so far

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the state government is currently probing the case, and has arrested at least nine people — including the two prime accused, Praveen Kumar and Raja Shekhar.

The SIT has also issued notices to Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president A Revanth Reddy and Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar, asking them to furnish evidence, if any, for the several allegations they have levelled in connection with the case.

While Revanth Reddy appeared before the SIT, a BJP legal team on behalf of Sanjay represented him.

Meanwhile, the BJP and the Congress have been demanding that the state government order a probe by either the CBI or a judicial probe.

Also read: Revanth Reddy meets Governor, demands dissolution of TSPSC

Paid ₹75 crore to BRS: Conman

Meanwhile, a conman identified as Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who is currently lodged in Tihar jail, released a letter alleging that he paid ₹75 crore to a politician belonging to the BRS in Hyderabad in 2020.

He released the letter through his counsel.

He said he paid the amount to the politician while appearing in a court in Delhi.

Chandrashekhar, who claimed to be a businessman and a native of Karnataka, was lodged in Tihar jail after he was arrested on money laundering charges.

He also mentioned the name of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the transaction, adding that WhatsApp chats would be released shortly.

He allegedly had affairs with some film heroines.

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