The colleges that he had supplied the papers to and the board officials from where he managed to source the papers are all under the purview of the investigation being conducted by the CID.
For the CID it was a long chase before they finally caught up to Shivakumar in Hosur. After the scam broke out, he had fled Karnataka and was said to have taken shelter in Kerala. That was the last time they found about his location since he had switched off his cell phone after that.
The big chase:
The police who have arrested Shivakumar in connection with similar cases in the past had not managed to elicit much information from him.
The cases that were booked against him were relating to theft and he easily managed to get bail. However, this time around the CID has contemplated slapping the stringent Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act.Getting bail is not easy when this provision is slapped.
For the CID for now they are happy that they have finally arrested Shivakumar. It was a cat and mouse game between him and the CID. He had switched off his cell phone and this made tracking him extremely difficult.
However, it was human intelligence that finally led the CID on to him.Shivakumar has been in the business since 2008 according to the police.
He did not deal with just PU question papers. Trails of him supplying question papers of MBBS, engineering, the KPSC and even Sub Inspector examinations had come to light. Shivakumar according to the police was a teacher in a college.
He took voluntary retirement and has been in the business of allegedly supplying question papers since 2008.
He has come face to face with the law several times and all the police could do was book a case of theft against him.
This because of the lack of stringent laws to prevent such crimes. A theft is an easily bailable offence. Shivkumar's arrest is of extreme importance.
While the police are aware that he is the one who allegedly supplied the papers, it is yet to be known who he purchased them from. He will have to reveal the names of the officials from whom he purchased the paper, the CID officer informed.
We are aware that he would sell each question paper for Rs 20 lakh per college. There are 20 colleges which are under the scanner for having purchased question papers.
The names of more colleges across the state will come up during the probe as we believe that his area of operation could not have been limited to Bengaluru city alone.