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The Arunachal Pradesh government has ordered to constitute a high-level inquiry committee into the APPSC’s Assistant Engineer (Civil) Mains Examination-2022 question paper leak scam.

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The state cabinet, headed by chief minister Pema Khandu, approved the constitution of the probe committee to enquire into the entire episode, asking it to submit its report within 15 days, an official release said on September 21.

Currently, the Itanagar Police is carrying out an investigation into the paper leak case and has so far arrested six persons, including the deputy secretary-deputy controller of examination, APPSC, following a formal complaint lodged by one of the candidates that the question paper had been leaked in advance.

The recruitment exam was conducted by Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission on August 26 and 27 last for filling up of 33 AE (Civil) posts.

“Anyone found involved in the incident, irrespective of his or her position or status, will not be spared,” chief minister Pema Khandu had said while expressing serious concern over the recruitment exam paper leak case.

Earlier, Itanagar SP Jimmy Chiram informed that one Dilip Saha, 44, hailing from West Bengal has been arrested on September 20 “on the strength of the disclosure statement made by accused Taket Jerang (APPSC deputy secretary) that the crime of leaking out question paper was done by him in connivance with Saha, the courier, who carried the packet before printing”.

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With this, the total number of arrests made in the APPSC AE (Civil) Mains Examination-2022 paper leak scam rose to six, the SP said.

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