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University of Pune temp programmer confesses to accessing exam paper and leaking it

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 9:27am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

Pune: Police investigations have revealed that the one of the suspects, Amol Babar, a temporary programmer with examination department of University of Pune, who was arrested by the Chatuhshringi police for allegedly leaking MBA paper, had accessed the official mail of the university from his home using default password and downloaded the paper from the sent items folder. 
Babar then made the list of questions and saved it in his pen-drive and later handed it over to Sanjay Navale, the clerk with Sinhgad Institute of Management who circulated the leaked paper containing questions, whose image went viral on WhatsApp. This revelation has hinted at serious loopholes in UoP exam department’s functioning on how a temporary programmer gets access to the official mail which has confidential information. 
As far as the paper setting procedure is concerned, there are three sets of question papers of a subject prepared by three different paper setters and sent it to the examination department by hand. Out of these three, one paper is randomly picked up by the officials of the examination section and the particular paper was sent to a press which is out of the state to print the question papers. The mode of sending papers to the press out of state is through email. 
Police sub inspector, AD Sable, who managed to crack the case told dna that Babar, who has been working in the examination section as assistant programmer on temporary basis, knew that the officials’ email id of the examination section is being used for sending the question papers to the press section, which is located out of the state.
“Since the official email has a default password, like other programmers and various officials from the exam department knew the password and Babar used the same password to access the mail,” he said. 
He added that Babar did not access the mail in the examination section as he knew that it can be traced through the varsity server.
“He accessed the mail at his home and downloaded the final question paper, which was sent to the press and then copied the question and compiled them in different format,” said Sable. 
The cops during the inquiry developed suspicion on Babar and started tracking him and even tracked his call records and later his connection with Navale, who is a clerk in the Sinhgad Institute of Management, was established. 
During the inquiry, Babar then spilled the beans and confessed to the crime and said that he had given the paper comprising question paper to Navale, which was then distributed among the students through WhatsApp.
Sable said that they are investigating whether Babar had accessed the official email and downloaded any other papers and who are others in the examination as well as in Sinhgad Institute of Management, involved in such crime. 


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