New Delhi, Mar 2: The protesting class 10 and 12 students on Thursday alleged that the leaked question papers of Maths and Economics were being sold outside a Delhi school for Rs 8,000 to Rs 16,000. “Not just on social media, people were seen selling the question paper outside a school at Kailash Nagar (Gandhi Nagar) for Rs 8,000,” one of the students told IANS. The students also claimed that the question papers of other subjects were also leaked and were being distributed in exchange for money.
A student of KIIT World School in Pitampura claimed that the question papers of Biology and Chemistry were also leaked. “I got to know of people who were offering question papers for Rs 16,000 if you wanted it a night before and for Rs 3,000 if you wanted it on the morning of the examination day,” the student added. (Also Read: CBSE Re-examination Dates to be Announced on April 2, Says Prakash Javadekar)
The Delhi Police on Wednesday registered two separate complaints and set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the CBSE paper leak of class 10 Maths and class 12 Economics question papers. In the complaint, the board named a Delhi-based tutor for his alleged role in the CBSE paper leak. It also mentioned that the board had received a complaint by fax on March 23 which named a person from Rajinder Nagar behind the paper leak.
The Delhi Police on Thursday questioned Vicky for his alleged role in the CBSE paper leak. “Too early to say who the culprit is. As of now, Vicky is the main suspect in the CBSE exam paper leak,” News18 quoted a Delhi Police personnel as saying. The CBSE officials are also being questioned in the paper leak case. It has been alleged that a copy of the class 10 Maths question paper was delivered at the CBSE chief Anita Karwal’s residence a day before the exam.
Some first-year Delhi University and school students are also being questioned by the police. The DU students and the students who received the leaked question papers on WhatsApp are from the same school or studied at the same coaching centres. Over 30 people have been questioned by police, most of whom either study or teach at coaching centres. Over a dozen mobile phones belonging to these people have also been seized (Also Read: CBSE Chief Anita Karwal Speaks Out, Says Re-examination Decision in Favour of Students)
A police official told DNA that the DU college students claimed they sent the leaked questions, they had received through WhatsApp, just to help their juniors. “The message trail is being tracked. Vicky was first questioned on Monday, but no evidence was found against him and he was let off then,” the official added. Sources claimed that a few students, who were said to be weak in studies, contacted an insider who had access to the question papers.
The role of the printing press, where the question papers were printed, is also being probed. “Students were asked to come to Outer Delhi areas in Rohini and Uttam Nagar. The prices ranged from Rs 10,000 to Rs 18,000 per paper. When the payment was made, the student was sent the paper via WhatsApp, 24 hours prior to the exam,” said the source.
“CBSE chief should be sacked. Why is my money, a taxpayer’s money, being spent on the re-examination? Is this the only way to make it just for all? There should be some other way. Let’s not make it easy for the politicians,” a furious mother of two girl students said at the protest.
It is said that question papers for Maths of Class 10 and Economics of Class 12 — examinations for which were conducted on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, this week — were in circulation for days before they came to be acknowledged as “leaks” by the board.
In the wake of the board exam question paper leak reports, the board on Wednesday announced that it would be conducting a re-examination of class 10 Maths and class 12 Economics paper. “CBSE decided today to re-conduct the Mathematics paper of class X in view of the information received about the likelihood of the exam having been compromised. The board also took a view that looking to the circumstances that arose during the conduct of Economics paper of class XII, the Economics paper would also be re-conducted,” the board announced.