Hakam Singh, his close associate Kendrapal, Chandan Manral, Manoj Joshi and Jagdish Goswami, a member of the UP-based cheating gang, were identified as the key masterminds of the scam. It seems that many of them have accumulated illegal assets worth at least Rs.50 crores. It is reported that he has been doing the same business for the past ten years.
The main accused Hakam Singh from Uttarkashi district was arrested by the police on August 14. Hakam, who was earlier a member of the Uttarkashi District Panchayat, was expelled by the BJP after his arrest by the police. Hakam, who rented a house in UP’s Dhampur, brought the candidates there the day before the exam and wrote the answers to the leaked question paper. It was found that Rs.15 lakh was collected from each of them.
Another accused, Kendrapal, who was arrested on August 26, played a key role in the leakage of papers of various competitive exams in Uttarakhand and UP, the police said. A police official said Kendrapal came in contact with Hakam in 2011 through a labor contractor. Kendrapal, who started his career as an autorickshaw driver in 1996 before joining the leakage mafia, later worked in a garment company in Dhampur. After a few days, he started his own textile business. Police found that he owned 3.3 acres of land in Dhampur and a luxury house along with a resort in Uttarkashi along with Hakam.
Another accused, Chandan Manral, was met by Kendrapal in 2012. Chandan from Ramnagar was found to have assets worth at least Rs.100 crores. Chandan started his journey as a bus conductor on Betalghat-Ramnagar route almost 30 years ago. After some years, with the help of friends and relatives, the situation turned around when he bought a bus. He became the owner of 19 buses. Later he started a transport agency in Kuman region. Chandan’s assets have skyrocketed after he meets the cheating mafia. He runs a stone crusher with an area of 25 acres. Moreover, he runs 30 vehicles on hire to various government departments through his transport agency.
Kendrapal came into contact with A22 Jagadish Goswami of Almora in 2019. Goswami, who works as a government teacher in Bageshwar district, is the son of Gopal Babu Goswami, a popular folk singer of Uttarakhand. Gopal has lent his voice in several Bollywood films including Kareena Kapoor starrer Jab Ui Met. He gathered the candidates in the area where he worked and gave them answers to the leaked paper the day before the exam.
Another accused, Manoj Joshi, who hails from Almora, had earlier served as a jawan in the regional Rakshak Dal. He was dismissed from the job in 2018 due to indiscipline. Joshi, who worked as a laborer in a factory in Lucknow for 12 years before joining this job, was selected as a jawan by UKSSC.
Officials said Joshi helped five members of his family secure government jobs with leaked question papers.