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CBSE paper leak: 3 staff members of Himachal Pradesh school arrested

A student holds up a placard, protesting against the Central Board of Secondary Education's question paper leak.

A student holds up a placard, protesting against the Central Board of Secondary Education's question paper leak.   | Photo Credit: V. Sudershan

The three, part of a private school in Una, got hold of the Class 12 Economics paper

The Delhi police arrested a teacher and two other staff members of a school in Himachal Pradesh late on Friday for allegedly leaking the CBSE Class 12 economics question paper three days before the exam.

All the three arrested men — commerce teacher Rakesh Kumar, clerk Amit Kumar and peon Ashok Kumar — work for the DAV Centenary Public School in Una.

The three had leaked the paper to help a couple of students pass the exam, said Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) R.P. Upadhyay.

No money trail was detected. The paper was shared on 40 WhatsApp groups mainly in Haryana and Punjab, added Mr. Upadhyay.

Mr. Rakesh has been an Economics teacher at the school for the past eight years. He was also the centre superintendent of the Jawahar Navodaya Public School.

Bank official missing

On March 23, Mr. Rakesh along with Mr Ashok collected bundles of question papers for the Computer Science examination, scheduled for that day, from the Union Bank in Una. In the process, the duo also picked up a small bundle of Economics question papers from the strong room, police said.

“Rakesh went to the Jawahar Navodaya with the Computer Science paper bundle and he handed over the Economics paper bundle to Ashok, and Ashok handed it over to clerk Amit at the DAV school,” added the police official

“To avoid getting traced by hand writing, the question paper was noted down on a paper by a student and it was sent to Mr. Rakesh through WhatsApp and he passed it to a student whom he gave tuition,” said police.

“The hand written copy was sent by Mr. Rakesh to his relative in Ferozepur whose son was also appearing in Class XII exam. And his sister-in-law passed the question paper to others on WhatsApp and the paper got leaked on whatsapp groups,” he said.

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