The Delhi Police's crime branch has begun investigating the alleged leak of Class 12 economics and Class 10 mathematics papers after registering two separate cases in the matter.
Reportedly on Wednesday, the police authorities have questioned 25 people, including the printers of the question papers, owners of coaching institutes, security guards and members of criminal gangs that were earlier involved in cloning question papers. Raids were conducted raids at 10 different places till late Wednesday night.
"We have received snapshots of the handwritten paper circulated through WhatsApp from the complainant. We are trying to ascertain the source of these messages. Since WhatsApp messages are end-to-end encrypted, we are facing a bit of difficulty in tracing the source," said an official privy to the probe, according to news agency Press Trust of India.
The officer said they have not questioned any official from any of the examination centres or from the CBSE. The questioning will happen once the source of messages is traced.
2.2 million Class 10, Class 12 students to take exams
Within 90 minutes of the end of CBSE's Class X Maths exam on Wednesday, the board declared that students will have to sit for a retest following reports of the question paper having been leaked.
The CBSE move means altogether 2.2 million students - more than 500,000 students in Class 12 economics and about 1.7 million in Class 10 maths - will have to reappear for the tests.
CBSE paper leak issue 'unfortunate': Javadekar
Terming the incident unfortunate , HRD minister Javadekar said he could understand the pain, anguish and frustrations of students and parents because we are one with them.
This (paper leak) has been breach by the culprits and we will not let any culprit go scot-free. The police is on the job and I am very sure, they will nab the culprits as they have done in case of the SSC exam leak case. We have also instituted an internal inquiry, he told reporters here.
Congress wants Javadekar and CBSE chairperson to be sacked
The Congress today hit out at the Modi government over the CBSE paper leak. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told news agencies that without removing Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal from their current positions, a fair and impartial investigation into the paper leak issue would be impossible.
Police detain main suspect
Delhi Police's crime branch on Thursday detained a coaching institute head from Delhi's Rajinder Nagar in the CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 paper leak case.
Vicky, the mastermind behind the leak runs coaching centre in old Rajinder Nagar by the name of 'Vidya Coaching Centre'. He is alleged to have sold copies of question paper to the students for Rs. 10,000-15,000.
Delhi School Association questions CBSE's silence
The Delhi School Association on Thursday questioned the silence of CBSE chairman Anita Karwal over the issue of the class 10 and 12 board exam paper leak. "CBSE chairman should at least give a statement, why hasn't she spoken to students and parents? This is condemnable," Ramesh Chand Jain, President of Delhi School Association.
Students want exams for all subject
Students affected by CBSE's decision to hold re-examinations for the Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics subjects on Thursday protested the CBSE paper leak at Jantar Mantar. Raising slogans of "we want justice", the students told news agencies that "either there should be re-examination for all subjects" or none.
Chowkidar is weak: Rahul takes jibe at PM Modi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi today targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi again, going into rhyme over the series of leaks, including CBSE board papers, to say that the "chowkidar" was weak.
Using Twitter as his platform to attack the government, as he has been doing with clockwork regularity lately, he also used the hashtag BasEkAurSaal , a reference to the government being left with one year of its term.
'No arrests have been made yet', says Delhi Police
No arrests have been made so far in connection with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exam paper leak case, Delhi police said on Thursday.
RP Upadhyay, Special CP, said, "Two cases registered and special investigation team (SIT) has been formed for investigation. Total 25 people have been questioned so far. Both the papers were leaked on WhatsApp a day before the exam. No person has been arrested so far."
CBSE chief too got a copy of the leaked paper?
Meanwhile, recent developments claim that a copy of the leaked class X Maths paper that was scheduled for Wednesday was delivered to the office of the CBSE chairperson on Tuesday evening.
Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said the leaks could be the handiwork of an organised gang and assured students that the ministry will take strict action against the guilty. He also promised to provide a more secure mechanism to carry out the exams.
It is learnt that the Prime Minister spoke to Javadekar, expressing concern over the leaks.
Parents, students unhappy
Parents and students in unison dubbed the CBSE "incompetent" and flayed it for "playing with the future of the students" by re-conducting the maths and economics exams for Class 10 and Class 12. The CBSE will announce the new dates for the exams on its website cbse.nic.in later.
Enraged students questioned as to why they had to pay the price of the paper being leaked. The parents of the students alleged that the Board was playing with the future of the students and had shown how incompetent it was.
"We all are very affected by the news. Why could the CBSE not keep the question paper safe? It speaks a lot about its incompetency," Tishita Chopra, mother of a Class X student of Shiv Nadar School, told IANS.
"My daughter worked so hard for her exam and was very excited after the paper. But she is completely dejected now and asked me what's her fault in all this."
Chopra raised some pertinent questions on the functioning of the board when she said: "why did it not have any alternate paper" when it came to knowing of the leak well before the exam and "why did it not cancel the paper" in the first place, instead of re-conducting it now.
On March 26, reports of economics paper of Class XII getting leaked came to light on social media ahead of the exam. CBSE had denied any leaks and urged the students not to panic.
On March 15, the Delhi Government had said it had received complaints about the Class 12 CBSE accountancy paper being leaked.