The CBSE is expected to announce on Monday or Tuesday the next date of re-examination for Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics subjects, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said today, in the wake of paper leaks.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in a circular yesterday, had said that students would have take the re-test for the two subjects.
"The CBSE will declare what will be the next step in couple of days, probably on Monday or Tuesday," Javadekar told reporters here.
Earlier today, Delhi Police Authorities held the main suspect in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) paper leak case, reported IndiaToday.
The suspected man identified as Vicky was arrested by the police today, a day after the CBSE announced that it would re-conduct the Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics examinations following reports that the exam papers had leaked.
Vicky, according to sources, is the owner of a Delhi-based Vidya Coaching Centre. Vicky did Bachelors in Computers from the Delhi University. He passed out in 1996.
Vicky was held following a series of raids launched by the Delhi Police's Crime Branch, which is examining how the exam papers were leaked.
After the declaration of reexamination of Class XII Economics and Class X Mathemartics paper in CBSE on Wednesday, students were protesting at Jantar Mantar against CBSE PaperLeak, saying 'either there should re-examinations of all subjects or else of neither'. They were raising 'we want justice' slogans, ANI reported.
The Delhi Police's crime branch has begun investigating the alleged leak of Class 12 economics and Class 10 mathematics papers after registering two separate cases in the matter, an official said today.
On Monday, panic had gripped students of Class 12 following claims on social media that the economics paper had been leaked even though the Central Board of Secondary Education denied there was any slip up.
Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) R P Upadhyay and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar also held a meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik in the evening to discuss the future course of investigation.
In a statement, the Delhi Police said that they have registered two cases. The first case in connection with the leak of economics paper was lodged yesterday while the case pertaining to mathematics paper was lodged 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.
A special investigation team comprising two deputy commissioners of police, four assistant commissioners of police and five inspectors has been set up to investigate the matter. The team will be directly supervised by the joint commissioner of police (crime).
"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.
The officer said they have not questioned any official from any of the examination centres or from the board. The questioning will happen once the source of messages is traced.
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. A probe was later ordered even though the board had denied any leak.
"There has been no leakage of the question paper. All the seals have been found intact at all exam centres. However, at local level, some miscreants may have circulated messages through WhatsApp and other social media platforms to hurt the sanctity of the exam," the board had said then.