A criminal case has been registered by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) following media reports of the leakage of the General Science (C3) question paper of the ongoing HSLC examination.
The case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the investigation will be conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
The SEBA, in a statement, has confirmed that the General Science examination, which was scheduled for March 13, has been canceled due to the reported leak. The board has also stated that the next date for the examination will be announced in due course.
Assam DGP, GP Singh, has taken to Twitter to announce the registration of the criminal case and the involvement of the CID in the investigation. He wrote, “A criminal case has been registered following media reports of leakage of the General Science (C3) question paper of the HSLC examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam on 13th March 2023. CID will investigate it.”
The SEBA has urged the students not to panic and to continue their preparations for the upcoming examinations. The board has assured that it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that the examination process is conducted smoothly and fairly.
This is not the first time the SEBA has dealt with allegations of question paper leakage. In 2021, the board had to cancel the HSLC Social Science examination following reports of the question paper being leaked on social media platforms. The incident led to protests by students and parents, who demanded a re-examination.
The SEBA has emphasized that it is committed to ensuring the integrity of the examination process and will take strict action against any individual or group found to be involved in the leakage of the question paper. The CID investigation will be closely monitored by the board to ensure the culprits are brought to justice.