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CBSE paper leak: All 3 accused get 2-day custody, board official suspended

Delhi Police on Sunday arrested one coaching centre owner and two other teachers in Delhi’s Bawana for their involvement in the Central Board of Examination (CBSE) Class X and Class XII paper-leak episode, according to media reports.

Delhi’s Karkardooma court sends all the three accused arrested in the case to two days police custody, Delhi Police Joint CP Crime Branch briefed the press about happenings of the leak. According to the police, the examination papers are generally supposed to be opened 15 minutes before by the invigilator, but the economics paper was opened about 30-40 minutes earlier.

Following which Tauqeer, one of the accused forwarded the paper to the students.

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The accused were identified as Rishabh and Rohit, teachers at a private school, and Tauqeer, a tutor at a coaching centre in Bawana, reported Press Trust of India.

The coaching centre owner, Touqeer, had allegedly leaked the economics paper half an hour before the exam and sent it to the teachers on WhatsApp, the police told PTI.

Human Resource Development Ministry Secretary Anil Swarup announced the suspension of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) official K. S. Rana and the institution of a formal inquiry against him.
“On HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar’s direction for swift action against culprits, the CBSE has suspended K. S. Rana, who was found lax in supervising examination centre 0859 with immediate effect. A formal inquiry has been instituted,” Swarup said in a series of tweets.

“Consequent to the arrest of two teachers of Mother Khajani Convent School, Mungeshpur, Delhi, and coaching institute head Tauquir by Delhi Police, for colluding to leak the Class 12 economics paper and a probe carried out by the CBSE, a board personnel K. S. Rana was found lax in supervision,” he wrote.
The re-test for Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE’s) Class 12 economics paper will be held on April 25, while the Class 10 mathematics re-test, if required, will be conducted only for Delhi-NCR and Haryana in July, the government has said.

All the confusion regarding the CBSE re-test should be cleared now after the announcements made by his ministry, said Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar. Students will have to take the Class 10 CBSE maths re-test only if the leak is found to be a large-scale one, added Javadekar.

The Delhi Police on Saturday sent three teams to schools, exam centres and their houses in outer Delhi to investigate the Class X and XII paper leaks.

More than 60 people have been questioned till now, out of which 10 are tutors of coaching centres. Moreover, about 50 mobile phones of students and tutors have been seized.
According to Police, e-mail address details have been received from Google and that the person who sent the mail has been identified and inquiry is on. A total of 53 students and 7 teachers have been questioned so far.

Earlier, in a significant breakthrough, Delhi Police’s crime branch has 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, sources told PTI. The official, however, refused to share any other detail regarding Google’s response.

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