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Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Question Paper Leak: Accused to be Booked Under KCOCA
New Indian Express dated 13/4/16
BENGALURU: The accused who have been arrested by CID officials over
the question paper leak case will be booked under the Karnataka Control
of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA) to prevent their getting bail, highly
placed sources from CID told Express on Tuesday.
In previous cases
when question paper leak was reported, the accused were arrested and
booked under Sections 31, 32 of the Karnataka Education Act and IPC
section 420 and 381. “When the case is booked under the IPC or the
Education Act, the accused can easily get bail,” a source said.
agenda behind booking under KCOCA is to jail the people behind the leak
for one year, by which time the government will bring amendments to the
existing Karnataka Education Act where stringent criminal action will
be initiated against those who involved.
What is KCOCA
amended KCOCA in 2009 applies to organised crimes, especially
terrorism. Bringing terrorism within its purview with a maximum
punishment of death, and giving the police one year to carry out
investigation ahead of the filing of a chargesheet. No Grace Marks for Math
there were rumours about a decision to award grace marks for the
mathematics paper, the minister denied it by saying, “I have not seen
any expert committee report in this regard.” Passed the Exam: Rathnakar
A visibly relieved Kimmane Rathnakar told the media on Tuesday that he had passed the examination with cent per cent marks.
minister said the government was thinking of restructuring the format
surrounding the conduct of PUC exams, by sending questions papers to the
centres online along the lines of Visveshvaraya Technological
Rathnakar also reiterated the possibility that the question paper could have been leaked from the main treasury office. Rumours on Social Media
the wee hours of Saturday, many students received hand-written question
papers on social messaging platforms on their phones.
fuelled the rumours of the paper having leaked yet again. “Even about an
hour before we entered the examination centre for the re-exam, students
were talking about the paper they received on WhatsApp.However,
fortunately it was different from the question paper that we received on
Tuesday,” a student said. Law Will Put Onus on PU Director
year on, if there is any question paper leak in the PU II annual
examination, the PU Department Director will be held responsible.
department is bringing amendments to the existing Karnataka Education
Act to make the law more stringent. Primary and Secondary Education
Minister Kimmane Rathnakar told reporters, “It is the director who will
be held responsible from next year for examination malpractices like
question paper leaks. We are amending the Act in this regard.”
minister said that since the director is the person authorised to give
print orders and framing of question papers, he or she should be held
responsible in case of leak. He said the fiasco this year has been a big
lesson for him. “Many advised me not to make it a big issue. But I have
decided to remove this from the grassroots.”
“We have suspended
40 staff members from the exam section. Some of them might even be
innocent. There were a few who were suspended a day before their
retirement,” Rathnakar said.