The Delhi police on Sunday arrested three people in connection with the CBSE Class XII Economics exam paper leak, adding that the case has been cracked. Two teachers and a coaching centre owner, who were detained by the police on Sunday, have been arrested. The police have stated that the two teachers clicked photos of the question paper at 9.15 am and passed it to coaching centre owner, who passed it to students. This comes a day after Jharkhand police arrested 12 people, including students and coordinators of a coaching institute, from the state’s Chatra district, in connection with the case of the alleged leak of CBSE class 10 mathematics paper.
The investigation has revealed that the question paper was leaked in two forms – a printed copy which was sent via WhatsApp as well as a handwritten paper which was circulated. The coaching centre owner has been identified as Tauqeer, who runs a coaching centre in Delhi’s Bawana. The two teachers have been identified as Rishab and Rohit. The paper leak has caused the CBSE and the government to announce a re-examination of the Class 12 economics paper.
On Saturday, the CBSE dismissed rumours that Class 12 Political Science and Hindi examination papers had been leaked as well. The CBSE stated that the pictures of the question papers that were being circulated on social media were fake and that of previous years.
The Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on Saturday received a reply from Google on the details it had sought pertaining to the e-mail address from where the CBSE chairperson was sent a mail about the Class 10 mathematics paper being leaked, an official privy to the probe said. A senior police officer said they had got a reply from the online search engine but refused to divulge further details.
The Delhi Police had registered separate cases on March 27 and March 28 to probe the leak of the Class 12 economics paper and Class 10 mathematics paper, following a complaint by the regional director of the CBSE. The cases were registered on charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy.
The Class 12 economics and Class 10 mathematics exams were held on March 26 and March 28 respectively. A Special Investigation Team (SIT), comprising two deputy commissioners of police, four assistant commissioners of police and five inspectors, were set up to investigate the matter.
In a press conference held on Friday, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, MHRD has confirmed that a nationwide retest for Class 12 economics examination would be conducted on April 25, 2018. As for the re-examination of Class 10, the ministry has postponed the decision until the further information is collected. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has confirmed that there would be no nationwide re-examination of the Class 10 Mathematics paper. The re-examination would be conducted only for Delhi, NCR and Haryana students after the complete details of the leak are collected. The examination, if conducted would be held in the month of July.