While CBSE Denies it, Sisodia Says ‘Leaked’ Paper Matches Real One
Hours after reports surfaced saying that the Class XII Accountancy question paper has been leaked on social media, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) denied the leak. However, countering the CBSE's stand, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia told The Indian Express that the leaked question paper matches with set-II of the CBSE paper.
In an email statement, CBSE Public Relations Officer Rama Sharma said: “There has been no leakage of the question paper. All the seals have been found intact at all the Exam centres”.
“During the process of Examination, however, at local level, some miscreants have tried to play mischief by circulating messages through WhatsApp and other social media to disturb the sanctity of examinations. CBSE has decided to take strict action against such activities. FIR is being lodged by CBSE today (15 March)”.
The board said it has approached the police against those spreading the "false" news.
Police officials, however, said they have not received any complaint yet, reported PTI.
Leak Was Traced to New Delhi’s Rohini
The CBSE statement came hours after reports that the Accountancy question paper was leaked a few hours before the examination on Thursday. As per initial reports, the leak had been traced to New Delhi’s Rohini area; the question paper was reportedly circulated on WhatsApp.
Earlier, Sisodia had said, “We received complaints of Class 12 CBSE Accountancy paper being leaked. Asked officers of Directorate of Education to investigate and lodge complaint with CBSE. Swift action must be taken so that hard-working students don't suffer due to negligence of CBSE”.
A CBSE panel conducted a review meeting to look into leak.
CBSE Issued a Circular on 4 March Asking Examination Halls to Remain Vigilant
On 4 March, just ten days before the leak, the CBSE issued a circular to all examination centres warning examination halls to remain vigilant. The CBSE said it had found that certain elements were attempting to impersonate the board and gain access to question papers.
The circular, as published on the website, reads: “ It has been observed that some elements are writing to some of the examination centres and asking for the copies of question paper for verification. Such elements are sending text messages in the name of the undersigned using mail id firstname.lastname@example.org. As you are aware that the Board does not ask for any copies of the administered question paper from its examination centres. Therefore, all the Examination Centres located in the country and abroad, are hereby intimated that such mails are frivolous and need not be responded or attended to”.
(With inputs from PTI)