New Delhi: The government on Friday said re-examination of Class 10 maths paper will be held only in Delhi, NCR and Haryana, “if at all”, while fresh Class 12 examination for economics students will be conducted on 25 April.
Anil Swarup, Secretary School Education in Union Human Resources Development Ministry, said the CBSE Class 10 mathematics question paper was leaked only in Delhi and Haryana as there was no evidence that it was a pan-India affair.
“The leak was restricted to Delhi and Haryana, if at all a re-exam will happen, it will happen only in these states in July. A decision will be taken on this in the next 15 days,” Swarup told reporters.
He said the Class 12 economics re-exam will be held on 25 April. But there will be no fresh test outside of India.
A first information report (FIR) has earlier revealed that the Central Board of Secondary Education had received an e-mail on 28 March at 1.40 AM with 12 images of the CBSE Class 10 mathematics paper, but the CBSE completely ignored the tip-off sent by a person yet to be identified, according to media reports.
The CBSE leaked paper, which was even circulated on social media application WhatsApp was initial sold off for Rs 35,000, but the prices later dropped to Rs 5,000, according to media reports. It is alleged that 1,000 students in Delhi may have accessed the paper.
The Delhi Police has written to Google to share details of the ID from which the CBSE chairperson was sent the e-mail about the paper being leaked, the police officials said.
“The papers (economics and mathematics) were shared on over 10 WhatsApp groups, comprising 50-60 members. These groups have been identified. Four numbers that the CBSE mentioned in their complaints were used to circulate the Class 12 economics paper. The numbers were of tutors,” an official privy to the probe said.
The police have questioned 45 people since yesterday, including the administrators of the 10 WhatsApp groups, a coaching centre’s owner, 18 students and some tutors, in connection with the CBSE paper leak case, Sibal said.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising two deputy commissioners of police, four assistant commissioners of police and five inspectors has been set up to investigate the matter. The team is being supervised by the joint commissioner of police (crime).
The Delhi Police had registered separate cases on 27 March and 28 March, respectively, to probe the leak of the Class 12 economics paper and Class 10 mathematics paper, following a complaint by the regional director of the CBSE. The cases were registered on charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy.
The mathematics and economics exams were held on 28 March and 26 March, respectively.
Meanwhile, students affected by the CBSE re-examination decision held protests over the CBSE paper leak in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, and in Ludhiana, Punjab, news agencies reported.