More than 1600 viewers checked the websites on which the CBSE Class 12th Physics Question Papers leaked allegedly in Manipal, were uploaded, told Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to High Court.
A bench headed by Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed is currently hearing a PIL in related matter. The PIL filed by Delhi-based lawyer Rajiv Ranjan Dwivedi had asked the CBSE to investigate into the claim that the question papers were leaked, circulated on web sites and were also being sold in markets in Manipur. In addition, the PIL seeks re-examination of CBSE Class 12th Physics Exam not only in Manipal but also across the nation.
Upon learning about the data of website visitors in a reply from CBSE, the bench asked the board to further explore the case. The bench also comprising Justice Siddharth Mridul ourt has asked CBSE to probe whether the persons who viewed the website after the paper was posted were examinees too, this report has to be filed on or prior to 16 April 2014.
The CBSE had submitted in court that the re-examination of Physics paper in Manipur zone will be conducted and added that a few websites where the leaked Physics question paper were posted had got over 1600 hits among which near about 500 visitors had IP address of Delhi while, near to 200 persons were from foreign countries, who also had browsed the website. The CBSE told that merely 16 persons from Manipur area surfed the websites publishing leaked paper.
Lawyer Dwivedi alleged in court, “even though CBSE has admitted the leak of Physics Question Papers, the board is still conducting the re-examination of Physics paper in just Manipur region only and not across the country and he claimed it as ‘wholly unconstitutional and violative of equality before Law’.
The Petition mentions that the board admits that the question paper was leaked and circulated via internet and the hard copy was also sold at Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 in Manipur Markets.