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.
The 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.
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What is KCOCA
The 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
Though 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.
The 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 University (VTU).
Rathnakar also reiterated the possibility that the question paper could have been leaked from the main treasury office.
Rumours on Social Media
During the wee hours of Saturday, many students received hand-written question papers on social messaging platforms on their phones.
This 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
Next year on, if there is any question paper leak in the PU II annual examination, the PU Department Director will be held responsible.
The 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.”
The 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.

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