CBI likely to file chargesheet against youth in UGC-NET paper leak case

The ‘doctored’ screenshot was circulated on messaging app Telegram, which led to the cancellation of the exam

Updated - July 11, 2024 09:53 pm IST

Published - July 11, 2024 01:44 pm IST - New Delhi

The CBI is likely to file a charge sheet against a youth who allegedly circulated a “doctored” screenshot of the UGC-NET paper on Telegram.

The CBI is likely to file a charge sheet against a youth who allegedly circulated a “doctored” screenshot of the UGC-NET paper on Telegram. | Photo Credit: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA

The Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to file chargesheet against a youth who allegedly circulated a “doctored” screenshot of the University Grants Commission–National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) question paper.

The screenshot was circulated on messaging app Telegram, which led to the cancellation of the exam after the Union Home Ministry alerted the National Testing Agency (NTA) about a possible “breach”, officials said. 

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On June 19, the Union government cancelled the exam, which is crucial for Ph.D. admissions and entry-level teaching jobs in colleges. Over nine lakh candidates had appeared for the exam across 317 cities on June 18 before its cancellation. 

The Ministry received the input - a screenshot of the question paper on Telegram - around 2 p.m. on exam day with comments accompanying it suggesting a leak. The UGC-NET had been held in the morning between 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. while the next session was between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), after taking up the investigation on June 23, found that the screenshot was manipulated to create the impression that the question paper was available before the exam was conducted. 

Officials believe those who doctored the screenshot had used an app to backdate it to June 17. The date was forged by the suspects to make candidates believe that they would have access to question papers in advance in the future too. 

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