NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) not to declare the results of the All India Pre-Medical Test till June 10, when the court is likely to take a call on pleas seeking reconduct of the test. The May 3 test was allegedly marred by irregularities.
The Central Board of Secondary Education was all set to declare the results of the All India Pre-Medical Test on June 5.
During the hearing, a Vacation Bench of Justice Prafulla C Pant and Justice Amitava Roy granted one more week to Haryana Police to file a fresh report indicating the number of beneficiaries of the paper leak. The court asked it to identify as many such candidates as possible.
The Bench said the decision on reconducting the test would be taken after receiving the status report from the police on June 10.
“We are fully aware of all this. The bigger issue is that the sanctity of the examination is under suspicion. We want to be doubly sure that there is no alternative, but to order reconduct of the examination,” the Bench said.
Earlier, the Haryana Police counsel told the court that so far 12 people have been arrested in the case and 25 students identified as beneficiaries of the alleged racket that leaked the examination papers. A police officer told the Bench that there were two students among the arrested and that students from at least 10 states were involved in the case. The police, however, expressed inability in getting the exact details of beneficiaries on the ground that SIM cards, used in passing on question papers and answer keys, were procured by using fake and forged Identity cards.
“If 12 people are already in the net, then how is it possible that the kingpin (Roop Singh Dangi) is not nabbed,” the Bench said.
It also asked whether he had gone abroad.. Appearing for one of the petitioners, Prashant Bhushan said it has become almost “impossible to identify beneficiaries of the widespread offence”, and hence a reconduct of the test was necessary.
“Besides the legal issues, the decision of not holding the examination will cause heartburn among deserving students. I know the dilemma before this court,” he said.