- Delhi Police forms special team to probe CBSE paper leak
- Police trying to work backward trying to trace source of paper leak
- "Papers were leaked just half-an-hour before exam": Prakash Javadekar
A special investigation team led by RP Upadhyay, the senior police officer who heads the crime branch, has been constituted after registering two cases on complaints from the CBSE, the school board exam body.
"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 officer 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 board on the CBSE paper leak case. The questioning will happen once the source of messages is traced.
The CBSE, which has been fending off complaints that some question papers had been leaked for days, scrapped two papers including the Class 12 economics exam on Monday.
The decision came hours after the Class 10 mathematics CBSE paper leaked and surfaced on social media also.
Union Education Minister Prakash Javadekar later told reporters that "2-3 papers" had leaked but promised parents and students that the authorities had filed a police complaint right away. The minister underlined that the leaks appeared to be a localised problem limited just to Delhi.
The minister also contended that the papers were leaked just half-an-hour before the examination.
Police sources, however, suggest that this might not be the case.
A police statement said the CBSE had registered the first case in connection with the leak of economics paper yesterday while the case pertaining to mathematics paper was filed today, following a complaint by the regional director of CBSE.
The cases were registered on charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy.
Reports about the economics paper being leaked had circulated on social media, including on WhatsApp, several hours before the paper commenced on Monday.
The CBSE, however, denied any leak and urged students and parents not to panic.
"We have checked with all exam centres and the paper was not leaked. The source of circulation of this information is not known yet. We want to urge the students and parents to not panic and assure them that the board is doing its best to ensure sanctity of the examination," a senior CBSE official had said.
A similar incident occurred on March 15, when the Delhi government had said that it had received complaints of the Class 12 CBSE accountancy paper being leaked. The board had denied that there was a leak.
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