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New dates for CBSE exam yet to be announced
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 11
Agitated students and their parents staged a demonstration outside the Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE) demanding the announcement of a fresh date for conducting the All-India Pre-Medical Test.

With the officials having conceded that a “weak link” somewhere was responsible for the leak, which led to the cancellation of the examination, they are yet to announce a date for conducting the examination.

Sources in the CBSE said the preliminary exam dates could be announced tomorrow. While the students particularly those who have arrived in the Capital to take the examinations are peeved that the CBSE has not been forthcoming with information, the CBSE officials in trying to placate them have said that the fresh dates would be intimated to newspapers, television channels and students.

At the demonstration, which was held here today emotions ranged from anger to anxiety. Out-station students claimed that many of them would have to face difficulty in arranging accommodation if the date is postponed beyond a few days.

Students are also worried that the stress caused by yesterday’s paper leak will also affect their morale. “Instances like this are very demoralising for the students. We study hard throughout the year and then we hear of people buying the papers for money, it shatters our confidence”, complained a student.

While the irate crowd raised slogans, all that the CBSE put forth was that it was looking into the matter and that certain weak links like transport and storage of papers could have led to the leakage. It was also offered that adequate steps would be taken to overcome its recurrence.


Two arrested in PMT paper leak case
Tribune News Service

Rakesh Kumar Verma and Vikas Verma, who were arrested in the CBSE question paper leak case, in the Capital
Rakesh Kumar Verma (left) and Vikas Verma, who were arrested in the CBSE question paper leak case, in the Capital on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Kamal Singh

New Delhi, April 11
With the arrest of two persons, including a medical student of Nagpur, the Crime Branch has busted a gang involved in the question paper leak of All-India Pre-Medical Test — 2004 organised by the CBSE. The exam, which was scheduled for April 11, was cancelled after CBSE Chairman, Delhi, Pavnesh Kumar was informed by the Crime Brach officials in this regard.

The leaked question papers of physics and chemistry were found perfectly matching with the original ones.

Those arrested were identified as Rakesh Kumar Verma (26), resident of Jharkhand and Vikas Verma (23), resident of Agra.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) B K Gupta said the sleuths received information that the question papers of physics and chemistry had been leaked and accordingly a raid was conducted at B-51, New Ashok Nagar. During the raid the sleuths detained as many as 13 candidates (eight boys and five girls) along with their parents apart from the accused Rakesh and Vikas. Among the 13 candidates seven of them belonged to Delhi and the rest belonged to other states. During questioning, the parents admitted that they came to know about the paper leak through word of mouth and also through some advertisements.

Mother of one candidate told the sleuths that six months back she came across an advertisement for ‘spot admission’ in a local newspaper in Ganga Nagar. When she responded to the advertisement and met the person concerned, he reportedly asked the woman to leave her contact number. She was also asked to contact others who were interested in securing admissions of their children to professional courses.

Mr Gupta said the woman was contacted by the person on April 8 and was told to bring her child along with others to New Ashok Nagar on April 10. Accordingly, when they reached New Ashok Nagar, the Crime Branch sleuths raided the place and detained them.

During interrogation the accused told the sleuths that they used to charge Rs 7-10 lakh for the paper leaking. The amount was taken in full from the parents only after the examination was over and when fully satisfied. The accused used to call the candidates only 10-14 hours before the examination and provided them with the solved question papers with ‘tick’ mark on the objective question pattern.

During this time the candidates would be confined to one room and not allowed to take any paper, mobile or other things. Inside the room they could memorise the answers and the following day of examination the accused picked up the candidates to take them to the examination centres with an advice not to discuss with anyone in the examination hall.

Mr Gupta said sleuths were looking for Ranjit Verma and Satinder Verma, both brothers, and certain residents of Pandav Nagar.


CBI to probe PMT paper leak: Joshi

Rajkot, April 11
The CBI will probe the leakage of CBSE all-India pre-medical exam papers, Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi today said. Details of the probe into the leakage, which was unearthed last evening, would be handed over to the investigating agency which is already looking into the CAT paper leak of last year, he told reporters here. — PTI

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