BSE paper leak: 3 arrested, 9 minors detained in Jharkhand – In a fresh twist to CBSE paper leak, which shows that the extent of the scam was well beyond Delhi and Haryana, 3 have been arrested and 9 minors have been detained by Chatra police in Jharkhand.
According to Chatra police, the three people arrested are part of a coaching institute called Study Vision which leaked question papers. 1 of them was arrested from Jharkhand and 2 from Bihar. FIRs have been filed against them based on relevant sections of IPC. 9 minors who have detained are class X students. They have been remanded to juvenile home. According to police, probe is on to nab the kingpin of the racket who leaked the questions to the coaching centre personnel. 8 people were rounded up on Friday and rest were nabbed by the police on Saturday.
Superintendent of Police, Chatra said that currently SIT probe is underway and more details are likely to emerge soon. The 3 arrested are being questioned to find out the nature and extent of the leak.
Three people have been arrested under provisions of IPC; Nine who are underage have been detained under Juvenile Act. Probe by our SIT is still underway: Superintendent of Police Chatra, #Jharkhand on #CBSEPaperLeak pic.twitter.com/gAg1TrmALP
— ANI (@ANI) March 31, 2018
Akhilesh Variar, Superintendent of Police, Chatra told TOI on Friday: “After an FIR was lodged by a local school principal about alleged paper leaks, the district police sprang into action. An SIT has been formed to probe the matter and we are working on a few interstate leads. The links of the paper leaks are being connected to Bihar.”
More proof emerged on Friday that CBSE and police knew about potential leaks but did not do enough to spare students the ordeal of retests. CBSE Chairman Anita Karwal had received an e-mail at 1:39 am on Wednesday, about nine hours before the maths exam was to begin, with 12 images of handwritten questions. The Board has shared this information with the police, which has now approached Google to track the person who sent the e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sender of the e-mail had said that the maths paper was leaked on WhatsApp, and that it should be cancelled. Also, one Chandan Gupta had approached the Delhi police after he received, via WhatsApp, nine maths questions at 10.40 pm on Tuesday itself.
About 5 lakh Class XII students wrote their economics paper on Monday and 17 lakh Class X students wrote their maths paper on Wednesday. As reported earlier, CBSE had received a complaint by fax at 4.22 pm on Friday. An ‘unknown source’ said that a man named Vicky, who runs a coaching institute in West Delhi’s Rajinder Nagar, was involved in leaks.
The complaint also named two schools in Rajinder Nagar for their involvement. Board handed over the fax complaint, WhatsApp messages and numbers to police on Saturday. CBSE again received at 6 pm on Monday an unaddressed envelope containing four sheets of handwritten answers of the economics paper. WhatsApp numbers which received the answers were also mentioned.
The Class XII economics paper will now be re-conducted on April 25 across India. A decision on the Class X math exam will be taken in 15 days. If at all, a retest will happen in July, but only in Delhi & Haryana where leaks were restricted, the government said on Friday. No retest in overseas centres because there was no leak there, it said.
Gupta, a tutor in Outer Delhi’s Madipur area, received the message on his phone from one of his students. Suspecting the paper could have been leaked, he called the police control room. Cops reached his residence and took him away for questioning. Gupta’s friend Bimal Mishra at whose residence he was present when he received the questions said, “He called me next morning and told me he had called up the police. He was let off on Wednesday,” said Mishra. Police has seized Gupta’s mobile phone.