The mastermind of a group linked to the Dhaka University (DU) admission test question paper leak, who confessed to his connection to the crime, has been released on bail.
The judge of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions’ Judge Court, Kamrul Islam Molla, passed the order last Tuesday after accused Rakibul Hasan Esahi, also the district sports officer of Pabna, paid a Tk10,000 bail bond. But the matter was revealed on Thursday.
Abul Kalam Azad, the executive council president of the Court Reporters’ Association, who attended Rakibul's bail hearing, confirmed the news to the Dhaka Tribune on Thursday.
After his arrest on December 11, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Special Superintendent of Police (SSP) Molla Nazrul told reporters that Rakibul used to collect the question papers from one of his accomplices, Khan Bahadur.
“Then the fraud ring, led by Rakibul, would sell the questions at higher prices. The gourp also had DU students in it,” said the SSP, adding that the racket used to charge between Tk200,000 and Tk500,000 from each student for every copy of leaked question paper.
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Khan Bahadur was a worker at the press on Indira Road that prints question papers for DU. He was booked on December 14.
So far, the CID has arrested 26 people, including two students of the Rajshahi University, in this connection.
Other than Rakibul, 10 of them admitted in court to their involvement in the scam.
To date, Rakibul and four others have been granted bail in the case filed at Shahbagh police station.
On October 20 last year, a full section of the question paper for DU’s D-unit admission test for the 2017-18 academic session was leaked, about seven hours before the exam.
However, the university authorities claimed that they did not have any information or evidence on the matter, even though the English section in the question paper provided in the exam hall completely matched those leaked earlier.