Thiruvananthapuram: The key accused in the PSC examination fraud case - Shivaranjith and Nazeem were released from jail on Tuesday. They were granted default bail after police lapsed on submitting the charge sheets in both cases they were involved – the PSC exam fraud case and University College stabbing case.
Earlier, they were granted bail by the court in the case relating to the murder attempt at University College. The other day, High Court issued an order that the accused in the PSC fraud case can be granted default bail.
Police had not submitted charge sheet in the murder attempt charges in University College stabbing case. As it was not submitted within 90 days, they were granted default bail. In PSC exam fraud case also, the situation is similar.
Police claim that the delay in submitting the charge sheet relating to the University College stabbing case is because there are more culprits to be nabbed. In case of PSC exam fraud case, the investigation started much later and hence the charge sheet can’t be submitted now, they added.
There are a total of 19 accused in the University College stabbing case. One more accused is yet to be nabbed, police added. However, the lapse from the police might create ruckus in coming days.
The murder attempt case was registered after Shivaranjith and Nazeem, students of University College in Thiruvananthapuram stabbed Akhil, a third year political science student in July. The PSC examination fraud came out following an investigation into how the two found spots in the PSC police constable rank list.
An investigation by the internal vigilance team of PSC found that Shivaranjith, Nazeem and Pranav, another student of the college, had resorted to fraud during the constable examination to secure high ranks.