CBSE files FIR against fake news on YouTube

Class 12 students wait outside their exam hall ahead of the first main paper of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Board paper, in New Delhi on March 2, 2019. (PTI Photo)

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday filed a first information report (FIR) with Delhi police, alleging that “some unscrupulous persons” have been peddling “fake news” on YouTube by making false claims about Class X and Class XII board examination paper leaks.

It also issued a public notice, advising students and their parents to remain “vigilant” of such fake claims and maintain calm "in all situations."

“The Board has located a number of uploads available on YouTube, falsely claiming to have access to the original question papers of subjects in which examinations are yet to be conducted. An FIR has been filed today in this connection,” CBSE spokesperson Rama Sharma said.

The miscreants on YouTube have "falsely" claimed to have access to the original question papers of Accountancy, Chemistry, Geography of Class XII board examination as well as English, Mathematics and Science of Class X board examination.

“The CBSE has requested Delhi police in writing to take suitable and strict action against these miscreants under provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Information Technology (IT) Act so that the sanctity of examinations and several security initiatives taken by the Board to conduct fair and smooth examinations are not adversely affected,” she added.

The CBSE said that it has “successfully” conducted examinations in 136 subjects since the board examinations began on February 15.

Some unscrupulous persons are circulating false news on YouTube, claiming to have access to the original question papers with the intention to thwart “the good efforts” of the board and create “panic and confusion” among the students.

“Such news is being circulated by unscrupulous persons for personal and professional gains,” the board added.

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