BRS posted several pictures of the accused Raja Shekhar Reddy attending BJP events, saying he is a member of the saffron party.
The question paper leak from the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) has triggered a slugfest with the BRS and BJP trading charges over the political allegiance of those arrested in the scam.
The ruling BRS on Wednesday, 15 March, alleged that one of the nine accused, A Raja Shekhar Reddy, “works for the BJP” and raised suspicion that the TSPSC question paper leak was a conspiracy by the saffron party aimed at tarnishing the Telangana government.
Raja Shekhar Reddy — the TSPSC IT wing employee who was terminated on Tuesday — assisted his colleague and the first accused, Praveen Kumar (PA to TSPSC Assistant Secretary Anita Ramachandran) in stealing the confidential data from the IT Department.
The BRS’s charge came a day after the BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar expressed suspicion that a few leaders close to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s family were involved in the case.
The controversy arose after the question paper of the exam for selecting assistant engineers (civil) was leaked. The exam was held on 5 March.
“When the role of this accused (Raja Shekhar Reddy) in the paper leak case has been established, shouldn’t his political affiliation be investigated? Why shouldn’t we doubt a conspiracy,” BRS spokesperson Krishank Manne asked while speaking to South First.
Incidentally, Manne “revealed” the political affiliation of Raja Shekhar Reddy in a tweet on Wednesday.
In the pictures you see is TSPSC Paper Leak Case Accused 2 , A. Rajashekar .
He works for BJP …
Is this a conspiracy by BJP against Government of Telangana ? ? pic.twitter.com/AIbkb7KPKV
— Krishank (@Krishank_BRS) March 15, 2023
The BRS spokesperson also took a swipe at Bandi Sanjay’s controversial appeal in February, urging the youth to give up jobs and studies and work for the victory of the BJP.
“Not a single allegation has been levelled against the TSPSC in the past eight-nine years. In this case, individuals in the organsation have done it. If they are members of the BJP and plotted the leak, all angles should be investigated,” asserted Manne, who is also the chairman of Telangana State Mineral Development Corporation (TSMDC).
Another Twitter user, too, posted “evidence” for Raja Shekhar Reddy’s BJP connection.
Bjp Nexus exposed pic.twitter.com/FG3wmKgtCD
— AR (@AshokReddyNLG) March 15, 2023
Bandi Sanjay had alleged that Praveen Kumar had also leaked the question paper of the Group-1 Preliminary examination and appeared for the same exam in a city college.
The BJP leader alleged that the college management changed the exam timings for Praveen and released the OMR (optical mark recognition) answer sheet for him.
Question papers of all TSPSC exams are leaked to KCR Team !
Here 👇is OMR sheet of A1 Accused Praveen, TSPSC secretary’s PA, who got highest marks in Group1 prelims.
Yet again BRS Govt is messing around with lives of unemployed youth. Chairman & all members shud be terminated pic.twitter.com/1IwYipbnxj
— Bandi Sanjay Kumar (@bandisanjay_bjp) March 14, 2023
Manne refuted the charge, saying he had verified the official qualified list.
“We suggest every investigative journalist in the state verify the number on the OMR with the official qualified list. You won’t find the OMR sheet number he (Bandi Sanjay) mentioned anywhere in that list. So how can he allege that such and such number has qualified,” he asked.
Meanwhile, besides probing the leaking of the Group -1 exam paper, the police earlier told South First that they were also looking into allegations of Praveen’s inappropriate behaviour towards women.
Several reports on Tuesday claimed that the police found nude pictures and videos of women stored in his phone.
South First has reached out to the BJP for a response to the BRS allegation that Raja Shekhar Reddy is affiliated with the saffron party. The story will be updated when the party responds.