Did a Punjab housewife trigger the CBSE Class-12 paper leak?
After the arrest of three people in the CBSE Class-12 Economics paper leak, police have revealed it all started because a Punjab housewife wanted a relative, a teacher, to help her son clear his exams. Though she had denied involvement initially, she confessed later, saying she had received the paper from Rakesh Kumar in Una, Himachal Pradesh. Kumar and two others were nabbed yesterday.
Police had found the paper circulating in 40 WhatsApp groups
After CBSE lodged a complaint about the paper leak, police found it circulating in roughly 40 WhatsApp groups, said Delhi Special Commissioner RP Upadhyay. But they weren't being able to locate the source; most said they had received the paper through forwarded messages. "However, one Class 12 student in Delhi was evasive in his response," Upadhyay said. He then named his aunt in Punjab.
Aunt confessed after hours of strict questioning
When police brought her in for questioning, she initially denied involvement, but then cops discovered her own son, along with her nephew, was appearing the Class 12 exam. "She eventually confessed that she had shared the images of the hand-written question paper with her son and nephew after receiving it from her relative Rakesh Kumar," Upadhyay said.
From 'personal help' to high-level crime
The woman said Rakesh had asked her not to share the paper with anyone else. But she wanted to help her nephew, so forwarded it to him, who gave it to his friends. Her son too sent it to his friends, opening another network.
Arrested trio says didn't want money, just wanted to help
It was on her confession that police arrested Rakesh, clerk Amit Kumar and peon Ashok Kumar yesterday. Apparently, on March 23, Rakesh went to the bank where question papers were stored to bring computer science papers, but picked up economics papers too. The three said they weren't looking for monetary gains, and simply wanted to help a weak student who took tuitions from Rakesh.