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Original question paper cancelled and exam held with a fresh question paper on Saturday

HYDERABAD: The issue of the leak of MBBS question papers on Saturday is likely to be handed over to the CID of police for an inquiry.

The Health Department and NTR University of Health Sciences have urged the State Government to order a CID inquiry into the matter. The Government is most likely to oblige, said Principal Secretary, Health, Medical & Family Welfare, I. V. Subba Rao.

The university would submit a report to the Government and, at the same time, provide inputs to the CID, he said.

Prior warning

Speaking to The Hindu from Vijayawada, the university Vice-Chancellor R. Sambasiva Rao said a private party had warned the university about the leak of the microbiology paper. The party furnished two versions of the leaked question paper but they did not completely tally with the original paper.

He said a third version was made available an hour before the commencement of the examination at 9 a.m. This, however, tallied with the original question paper. The examination was, therefore, cancelled but held from 10 a.m. with a standby question paper. Similarly, one out of the 27 medical colleges where the examinations are being held complained about leak of the question paper for Social & Preventive Medicine in the MBBS III year. The original question paper was cancelled and the examination held with a fresh question paper.

Re-exam demanded

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors' Association has demanded re-examination of the MBBS final year part-1 (community medicine paper-1) and dismissal of the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar of UHS in the light of leak of question paper.

In a statement, APJUDA president Ch.Pradeep Kumar said that while the exam was conducted with a new question paper, which was provided in only Government medical colleges, the leaked paper was persisted with in a few private colleges. This gave a rise to suspicion that there might be some connection between private institutions and the university authorities.