The Delhi High Court today asked the CBSE to inquire into the alleged leak of Class 12th Physics question paper in Manipur after a petition sought that the examination be held again across the country and not just the state.

A bench headed by acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed also asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to inquire as to how many hits have been received by the web sites where the question paper was allegedly available.

“Find out from your (CBSE) regional office as to how the question paper got leaked,” the bench said while posting the matter for further hearing on March 27.

“Have you (CBSE) conducted an inquiry as to how many hits the web sites received after leaked question paper was posted on them?,” the bench asked.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by advocate Rajiv Ranjan Dwivedi in which he alleged that the Physics question paper of the class 12th examination was leaked and circulated on web sites and it was also sold in the market in Manipur.

The petitioner also sought a direction to the CBSE and the Human Resources and Development (HRD) Ministry to conduct re-examination of Physics paper on the ground that “question paper was leaked, downloaded on internet, sold in the market“.

Dwivedi also alleged that despite admitting that the question paper was leaked, CBSE “is conducting the re-examination of Physics paper in Manipur only which is wholly unconstitutional and violative of equality before Law.”

During the hearing on the PIL, the bench observed that the CBSE should have anticipated that once leaked on web sites, the question paper would have “spread like a wildfire“.

“You (CBSE) should have inquired all angles pertaining to the leak....You should have anticipated that leaked question paper through web sites spreads like wildfire,” it said.

(This article was published on March 19, 2014)
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