Protests have been witnessed at CBSE offices in East Delhi as well as other parts of the city since this morning over the issue of leak of question papers of 10th and 12th standard examinations. Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had on Thursday termed the incident as “unfortunate” as he assured action against the culprits.
The issue has drawn ire with students taking to streets against what they term the failure of CBSE and negligence.
On Friday, students held protests in several parts of the national capital including CBSE headquarters in Preet Vihar and IP Extension, raising various demands, including an independent investigation. Some students had also gathered at Parliament Street in the heart of the city.
Members of the Congress’ National Students Union of India (NSUI) began marching towards Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar’s residence but were stopped.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Crime Branch has questioned 10 more people and “interacted” with the CBSE controller of examinations in connection with the leak.
The CBSE has also said that its chairperson had received an e-mail about the Class 10 mathematics paper being leaked a day before the exam, police officials said. The class 10 mathematics and class 12 economics exams were held on March 28 and March 26 respectively.
The police since yesterday have questioned 35 people, including a coaching centre’s owner, 18 students and some tutors, in connection with the case, an official privy to the investigations said.
The Delhi Police has registered two cases. The first case in connection with the leak of the economics paper was lodged on March 27 and the case pertaining to the mathematics paper was lodged on March 28, following a complaint by the regional director of the CBSE.
In the mail the sender had stated that the mathematics paper was leaked on WhatsApp and that it should be cancelled, they said. The mail also contained attachments of the handwritten mathematics paper allegedly leaked on WhatsApp, according to the complaint.
Under attack, CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal on Friday said that the decision to hold re-examination of two subjects was taken in favour of the students and the new dates for the tests would be announced soon.
(With inputs from PTI)