Telangana: CID submitted it’s final report on EAMCET 2 paper leak earlier today. For once, medical aspirants in the state thought that the stressful times are over as TS EAMCET 2 was conducted and results were announced, all as per scheduled and without any difficulties but as the paper leak scam unfolded, they’re all in the whirlwind again. While the parents of the candidates are opposing the re-test, scores of them are in the favor too. At this point, it’s hard to say what’ll be the outcome. All sights are set on state government’s decision whether or not it will hold the test again.
Clouds of uncertainty are prevailing over TS EAMCET 2 as reports are suggesting that state government might scrap the medical test and hold a new one. Yesterday, Telangana state minister C. Laxma Reddy said that government may cancel the EAMCET 2 and hold a re-test, although it’ll be finalised after CID submits it’s report on the case on Thursday.
The Telangana government might cancel the medical entrance exam TS EAMCET-II as the CID submits its final report on the alleged paper leak issue. With the preliminary reports suggesting that there were irregularities in the conduct of the exam, the state government might do away with the exam and conduct a fresh examination for medical aspirants across the state. We had earlier reported that the counselling based on EAMCET-II held on July 9 has been postponed for one week. The certificate verification for web based counselling was earlier scheduled from July 25, however, it was delayed by one week following official notification from KNRUHS.
As the CID submitted its preliminary report to the state government, CID officials booked criminal cases under section 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), section 408 (criminal breach of trust by clerk or servant), section 420 (cheating), section 120 (B) (punishment of criminal conspiracy) with section 8 of AP Public Examination prevention of malpractice Act of 1987. The New Indian Express reported that some key suspects in the alleged paper leak are on the run and their mobile phones were switched off since the EAMCET officials had approached the high level inquiry into the case. The EAMCET officials had initially provided data of suspects including students and brokers to the CID, based on which the preliminary investigation was stated by the CID officials. The details of the team of experts responsible for designing the question paper, printing of question papers, storing them and moving the paper bundles to respective examination centres were taken by CID officials to start the investigation.
It has been reported that the CID officials suspect some persons for alleged paper leak which includes even persons associated with EAMCET. Some education consultants and students were questioned by the CID officials on Tuesday. Two persons named Venkat Rao and Ramesh, brokers of Hyderabad based education consultancies were interrogated on the allegations of contacting with many students before EAMCET-II, offering them the leaked question paper. The CID officials had the cell phone call recordings of some students which contained the conversation between the brokers and the parents regarding the question paper leak.
Three girl students from Bhoopalpally and Parakala in Warangal district were also questioned by CID, these girl students had scored significantly better marks in the EAMCET-II in comparison with their marks in the EAMCET-I. These students were taking coaching in Vijayawada, however, they had left the coaching centre a week before the exam.
A CID official said, “We are trying to gather evidence to prove that there was paper leak in the EAMCET-II. So far, no concrete evidence has been found.” With the activities related to EAMCET-II put on halt, the state government is likely to scrap the test. The decision will be taken once the CID officials submit their final report to the government.