CBSE paper leak: Delhi Police arrests two teachers, coaching centre owner

Delhi police arrested two teachers and a coaching centre owner from the national capital on Sunday for allegedly leaking CBSE question papers before the exam.

The teachers, Rishabh and Rohit, took photos of the Class 12 economics question paper and shared it with Tauqeer, who runs a coaching centre in outer Delhi’s Bawana, almost an hour before the exam started, RP Upadhyay, special commissioner of police (crime), said.

“Tauqeer then circulated the leaked question papers through WhatsApp,” he said, adding that the arrested men are part of the module which leaked the question papers in printed form.

Questions papers circulated on WhastApp were also in handwritten and typed formats. Police are yet to crack the module that leaked the papers a day before the exams.

The leak of class 12 economics paper on March 26 and Class 10 mathematics paper on March 28 hours before the tests started had forced authorities to announce re-exams.

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The move had triggered protests by students who had demanded immediate action against the guilty and a court-monitored CBI probe, saying they had lost trust in the national education body. Some students also moved courts in different parts of the country, seeking cancellation of re-exams.

The Jharkhand police had arrested three people and detained nine juveniles till Saturday in connection with the question paper leak.

The crime branch of Delhi Police has questioned over 60 people in connection with the CBSE leak case, including the administrators of over 10 WhatsApp groups on which the leaked question papers were shared.

The special investigating team (SIT) of Delhi Police had questioned a principal and two teachers of a school in Bawana on Saturday. The officials refused to comment on whether the two arrested teachers belong to the same school. Four other teachers from two schools in outer Delhi were also questioned on Saturday.

Upadhyay said the name of the school where the arrested teachers taught cannot be disclosed due to ongoing investigation.

“The three are being interrogated to identify other suspects who were part of this module. Also, the entire sequence of events that led to the paper leak will also be established with their grilling,” the officer said.

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