The CID sleuths have arrested Shivakumaraswamy, the kingpin of Second PUC chemistry question paper leak. The mastermind was arrested on Tuesday along with four other accused in Tamil Nadu. Shivakumaraswamy was on the run since March 31 after locking his house in Nandini Layout in Bengaluru.
The CID had formed four special teams to nab Shivakumaraswamy who went by aliases including Chennappa and Shivakumaraiah. He was the prime accused in the 2012 question paper leak too. According to sources, Shivakumaraswamy was hiding in one of his acquaintance’s house in Kerala and the police had got a whiff of it.
Soon, he fled to Tamil Nadu from where he was arrested. The police said they had questioned over 200 persons in Tumakuru, Dharwad, Mysuru, Koppal, Raichur, Bengaluru Rural and Shivamoga for their links with Shivakumaraiah.
66-year-old Shivakumaraswamy had access to the locker in the treasury where the chemistry question papers were stored.
He was absconding with son Dinesh S, said to have helped his father in stealing the question papers. Police said that Shivakumaraswamy owned a sprawling 12-acre farmhouse in Gub-bi village near Tumakuru which acted as a base for all his illegal activities. So far, 11 persons including college faculty, PE trainers and coaching centre heads, have been arrested for the leak.