Delhi Police crime branch questioned 25 people in connection with the CBSE paper leak, including the owner of a coaching centre, as it tried to follow the trail of documents which were shared mostly through WhatsApp.
Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) R P Upadhyay said: “Currently, the investigation is based in Delhi. We have no information that this leakage is pan-India. If such a thing emerges (about leakage being outside Delhi), we will send teams outside Delhi.”
“It has been established that both the papers were leaked before the scheduled dates of examinations and were circulated and exchanged on WhatsApp among some tutors and students. Among those questioned are 18 students, including seven college students, five tutors and two others,” he added.
CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal said that the decision to hold re-examination of two subjects was taken in “favour of the students” and the new dates for the exams would be announced soon.
“We have taken the decision in favour of the students and in utmost fairness. Very soon we will announce the dates (for re-test). Any further decision would also be taken in the favour of the students. Students don’t have to worry about anything. We are with them,” she said.
Students take to streets
* Meanwhile, hundreds of students gathered at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to protest against the decision to conduct re-examinations. Holding placards, with slogans like ‘Stop playing hit and trial with our lives’ and ‘It’s not the students who need a retest, it’s the system’, the students rued how they have been left “traumatised” after hearing the news of re-examination.
* Many of the students claimed that almost all the papers were leaked a day before the examinations, and demanded that if a re-examination is to be held, it should be held of all the subjects.Understand the pain of students: Javadekar
* Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar termed the CBSE examination paper leak issue “unfortunate” and said culprits would not go scot-free.
“This (paper leak) has been a breach by the culprits and we will not let any culprit go scot-free. The police are on the job and I am very sure, they will nab the culprits as they have done in case of the SSC exam leak case. We have also instituted an internal inquiry,” he told reporters.
* Javadekar added he could “understand the pain, anguish and frustrations” of students and parents because “we are one with them”.
“This is a very unfortunate development, I understand the pain the parents and students have to go through. I could not sleep, I am also a parent,” he added.
‘Sack Javadekar, CBSE chief’
* The Congress has demanded that Javadekar and Karwal be sacked. It also demanded a judicial probe by a high court judge into the matter.
* Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded strict action against people involved in the alleged leak of CBSE examination papers and said he feels “sorry and sad” for students who will have to re-appear for the exams.
“I really feel sorry and sad for the students who have to give their exams again for no fault of theirs. Responsibility should be fixed and strict action should be taken against those responsible (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.