Two teachers, tutor held in CBSE paper leak case

Official suspended for laxity in supervising exam centres in Delhi

The Delhi Police arrested two school teachers and a tutor at a coaching institute in the National Capital Region in connection with the CBSE paper leak case on Sunday.

The CBSE suspended its official, K S Rana, on the direction of Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar.

The board's internal inquiry found laxity on the part of Rana while supervising examination centres assigned to him in Delhi, said Anil Swarup, secretary, school examination department.

The arrested are Rohit, Rishabh and Touqir.

While Rohit and Rishabh are teachers at Mother Khazani Convent School in Bawana area of outer Delhi, Touqir was a tutor at a coaching centre reportedly owned by him in a nearby locality.

The police claimed to have zeroed-in on three suspects by spotting the location code of a school printed on the leaked pictures of the Class XII Economics papers.

The police also claimed that the suspects leaked the Economics paper through WhatsApp about half an hour before the examinations for the subject began all over the country on March 26.

However, it was not yet clear if they were also involved in leaking the Class X Mathematics paper.

All three suspects were produced before a magistrate court later in the day.

The court sent the trio to two-day police remand for further interrogation, allowing the request of the prosecution.

The police said Rohit and Rishabh, who were part of the examination duty team, opened the question papers of Economics, kept it in a room at their school and took pictures using their mobile phones.

They then sent the pictures to Touqir who jot them down in a paper and sent the handwritten questions to students known to him through WhatsApp.

They sold the leaked papers to several students for Rs 2000 to Rs 2,500.

Rishabh and Rohit kept 50% of the money while Touqir kept the remaining

"The papers were opened 40 minutes before the designated time, 9:15 am," said Alok Kumar, joint commissioner of police (crime).

The total number of arrests has now touched 15.

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