The Hush Post: In a major breakthrough in the CBSE paper leak, the special investigation team of the Delhi Police arrested two teachers of a private school in outer Delhi and a teacher at a coaching centre in the same area on Sunday morning. The accused had allegedly leaked the Class XII Economics paper.
Teachers involved : Rohit and Rishabh, taught Maths and Physics, respectively, at Mother Khazani school in Bawana; Tauqeer, an Economics teacher at Easy Classes coaching institute in Bawana.
Rishabh completed his B Tech from Punjab Technical University in 2013 and then did his BEd. Rohit did BSc from Bahadurgarh in Haryana.
How did they do it: They were on exam duty, the two allegedly opened the envelope containing the question papers half an hour before the scheduled time, clicked pictures and passed it on to Tauqeer who circulated it amongst his students. Students charged around Rs 2,500 for the leaked paper
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The plot: The schoolteachers, Rohit and Rishabh, would open the envelope of the question paper around 9-9.15 am and click its photograph on their smartphone. The scheduled time (for opening the envelope) was 9.45am. Tauqeer would either dictate the question paper to students or pass it on Whatsapp if they were close to him. The students appear for exam at 10.30am, but half an hour grace periods is granted due to traffic and emergencies. The students who received papers would enter late after solving the question paper in the 45 minutes time they got.
Two days before the exam, in a trial run, Rishabh and Rohit had partially opened a paper and wrote some of the questions on a sheet and sent it to Tauqeer for a demo. The plan was finalised after the trial run went without glitches.
The police tracked down the student who had received the question paper from Tauqeer. The plan to leak the paper was hatched last week after the two school teachers were put on exam duty.
Confirming the arrests, special commissioner (crime) R P Upadhyay told a national daily that the accused were produced in court and have been taken on remand for two days for questioning. The police have seized the mobile phones of the suspects and sent it for forensic analysis.
Tauqeer revealed while interrogation that he had decided to leak the question papers to a select group of students hoping that they would score well in the subject, which would improve his credibility as a coaching teacher. He claimed this was the first time he had attempted to procure a paper.
The police said that the accused have deleted several messages and even tried to format their phones. The forensic examination of the phone is expected to reveal crucial details about the modus operandi and names of their associates, police said.