The mastermind has been found by the joint investigation team (JIT), which the government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa set up to look into the usage of hidden Bluetooth devices for cheating on the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT). The JIT, however, chose not to reveal his identity.
According to JIT sources, the mastermind was an employee of the Public Service Commission and the Federal Public Service Commission who was fired for illegal activities.
The leader “who runs the network” hails from Karak district.
The sources claimed that because the accused had prior commission experience, he is knowledgeable about the testing system’s flaws and skilled at rigging exams.
They disclosed that the defendant bought the premium Bluetooth gadgets in China.
According to the reports, the accused allegedly used to seduce MDCAT applicants at academies into cheating.
The sources further stated that the defendant was paid millions of rupees by applicants to assist them in passing the MDCAT.
Last week, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) ordered to withhold the MDCAT results on petitions filed by students regarding the use of covert Bluetooth devices for cheating in the examination hall.
The court issued orders to the chief secretary, executive director of the Education Test and Evaluation Agency (ETEA), and the registrar of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council to provide responses regarding these allegations.
Additionally, the court temporarily prohibited the ETEA from publishing the official results on its website pending further investigation.
Justice Syed Arshad Ali of the PHC presided over the hearing of the cases pertaining to the use of covert Bluetooth devices for cheating in the MDCAT.
The court said that the MDCAT results should not be uploaded on the official website till the next hearing. Later, the court adjourned the hearing till Sept 21.
The K-P government formed the JIT to probe into the use of covert Bluetooth devices in the MDCAT on the protests by parents and submit its report within a week.
According to sources, the K-P Interior and Tribal Affairs Department formed a seven-member JIT.