BENGALURU: The Department of Pre-University Education (PUE) is taking precautionary measures to ensure a trouble-free examination this year. Going a step further, top officials have even written to the police department requesting them to take into preventive custody all the accused who are out on bail
in last year’s question paper leak case.
Confirming this to Express, officials sources said, “A week back, we sent a communication to senior officials of the police department requesting them to take those out on bail into preventive custody.” They include those involved in the March 2012 question paper leak case also.
The department is also filing complaints against the suspects who can be taken into custody. For this, the department has to take the government’s permission and a communication in this regard has been sent.
As the examinations are scheduled to be held from March 9, officials said once they get permission, they will file complaints at the respective police stations to detain them.
“As a preventive measure, we have requested for detention of all suspects involved in previous question paper leak cases. We are taking all measures to ensure that the question papers reach the exam centres safely and that the exams are conducted smoothly,” an official said.
During the March/April 2016 PUC II examinations, the Chemistry question paper was leaked twice and the officials had a tough time conducting the examination without any hassles.
The case was handed over to the CID after which 14 people involved in the leak were arrested. Among those arrested were Rudrappa, a PWD staffer, and Obalaraju, the then personal secretary to the Medical Education Minister.
Interestingly, though they were booked under the KOCA (Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes) Act, which is non-bailable, they managed to get bail.