Bank recruitment question leak: IO explains why Buet Prof was relieved of charges
The investigation officer (IO) in the case filed over question paper leak of recruitment exams for bankers appeared before a Dhaka court yesterday and explained why he excluded Buet Prof Nikhil Ranjan Dhar from the charges.
IO Md Shamim Ahmed, a sub-inspector of Detective Branch of police, placed his submission as the court recently asked him to show causes why and how he relieved Prof Nikhil from the charges of the case filed with Badda Police Station in November 2021.
After his submission, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Shahidul Islam directed detectives to submit a supplementary charge sheet by February 5.
The IO told the court Prof Nikhil did not receive any copies of printed question papers from the accused, Delowar Hossain, who implicated the professor in his confessional statement.
The police official said he scrutinised the confessional statement of Delowar but did not find any truth to allegations against Prof Nikhil over the question leak.
On November 16 last year, he submitted two charge sheets excluding Prof Nikhil.
The name of Prof Nikhil came up in the confessional statement of Delowar and a few days later, on November 21 of 2021, Nikhil was relieved of chairman post of the industrial and production engineering department of Buet and exam-related duties.
Following the question leak in recruitment tests of five banks on November 6 of 2021, the detectives has so far arrested 11 people over the scam.
Eight of them, including Delowar gave confessional statements before magistrates on different dates.
On November 6 of 2021, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST) organised the recruitment examination for five state-owned banks.
Photos of the question papers with answers went viral on social media even before the exam ended.
Initially, the Bangladesh Bank ignored the question leak complaints without any immediate inquiry.
Later, it cancelled the examination as several media outlets carried reports suggesting the question had been leaked.