Karntaka : The scenes outside the Pre-University Board yesterday were heart-rendering with thousands of students staging a protest after the Chemistry paper was leaked, not once but twice. The Chemistry exam that was first scheduled for March 21 was cancelled and postponed after a II PU science student alerted the authorities about the question paper leak. Now finally, the state government handed over the investigation to the CID. Nearly 1.74 lakh PU students across the State were supposed to write the Chemistry re-exam on Thursday.
As of now, the re-examination date has been fixed for April 12 and this is the second postponement in ten days. As per the statement issued by Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Kimmane Ratnakar, a three-member committee, including Transport Commissioner Ramegowda and State project director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan P.C. Jaffer, has been constituted to oversee the smooth conduct of the examinations. Somewhere around 40 officials of the exam section of the Department of Pre-University Education have been suspended with immediate effect. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been asked to speed up investigations into the paper leak.
Steps taken by CID so far…
The CID is probing the exact place from where the paper could have leaked. It could have come out through some official of the board in Bengaluru or from the treasury in Tumkur.
In the past when question papers had been leaked, the CID had found the hand of the tuition mafia to be behind the incident. A charge sheet had been filed and 11 persons were arrested for their alleged links with board officials through which they got access to the question papers. All of them are out on bail.
The CID has a list of suspects and is analyzing the cell phone details. They are also scrutinizing the messages sent from the phones while also trying to find out if the paper had reached the hands of someone who gives tuition. Everything is being probed and we will get to the bottom of it soon.