In a fresh and final decision taken on the petition filed by few AIPMT aspirants, Honorable Supreme Court of India has cancelled the AIPMT-2015 held on 3 May. The order has been passed by the vacation bench of Justice RK Agrawal and Justice Amitava Roy on Monday.
AIPMT results were speculated to be rolled out on 5 June, but the Supreme Court asked CBSE, the examination authority to hold the announcement of results for 10 days. Around 6.30 lakh medical aspirants took the All India Pre-Medical Test this year, and will now have to appear for the re-test. The verdict has been taken following the leakage of question paper and circulation of answer keys through electronic devices at different examination centres across 10 states.
CBSE released the answer keys for 3 May exam on 18 May stating that there were no such incident of paper leakage or leakage of answer keys but Supreme Court ordered CBI to investigate the matter and file the final report. Earlier the Supreme Court mentioned that it is not in a hurry for decision of a re-test and would look into the matter more closely before coming to the final decision.
The answer keys were circulated to the examinees using high-end tech methods, some students were allegedly using the Bluetooth devices. Following the decision Justice Amitava Roy pointed to CBSE, “You should have taken precautionary steps from 2012. Whatever precautions you have taken have failed. All these precautionary steps taken by you are outdated. You were outwitted and out-manoeuvred.”
“We are not holding the CBSE guilty for the leak, but ultimately it was CBSE’s responsibility to have taken steps to meet the challenges posed by the information technology which has over-taken our lives.” the Court said ordering for a re-test.
Haryana Police was the first to track the leakage of answer key and malpractices in the examination process and Supreme Court ordered on 3 June to further investigate in the matter. However, Haryana Police expressed its inability in getting the exact details of beneficiaries on the ground that SIM cards used in passing on question papers and the answer keys were procured by using fake and forged ID cards.
CBSE, on responding to the Supreme Court’s verdict, has called upon an exclusive meeting and would come out with a decision by the evening.