PATNA / NEW DELHI: In a new twist to the CBSE paper leak scandal, Jharkhand police on Saturday said Class X Mathematics question paper leak might have originated in Bihar.
Two coaching centre co-owners in Jharkhand’s Chatra district and nine students were taken into custody in this connection. This flies in the face of Union Education Secretary Anil Swarup’s assertion on Friday that the leak was restricted to Delhi and Haryana.
Chatra SP Akhilesh B Variar said that Pankaj Singh and Satish Pandey, who run a coaching institute named Study Vision in Chatra, received the question papers a day before the scheduled date of examination, March 28. The duo swiftly prepared the answers and passed on to some students in return for hefty sums of money, Variar added.
“We have got evidence that the mathematics question papers were leaked in Patna and came to Chatra through WhatsApp. We have so far found no connection with Delhi. A probe is on to ascertain the first source of the leak,” said Variar.
Pandey is said to be a district convener of the RSS-affiliated students’ organisation. In Delhi, Congress-backed students’ body NSUI staged a protest outside the ABVP office alleging that the latter’s office bearers were “caught leaking” CBSE exam papers in Jharkhand.
However, ABVP’s national media convenor Saket Bahuguna denied the reports. “He has no current association with ABVP. He was shown the door as soon as he joined a coaching institution as a co-owner.”
On Saturday, students protested outside the CBSE office in Delhi claiming Class XII Hindi paper was also leaked. The CBSE later issued a clarification that the ‘leaked’ question paper was fake.
Probe by SIT
SIT sleuths are interrogating nearly 60 people in Jharkhand and Bihar, including some 15 private tutors. Ten WhatsApp groups of teachers and students have been identified