As there is no clear verdict on the HSC paper-leak incident that took place in a Mira Road college on Friday, confusion reigns among students appearing for their board exams on whether there will be a re-examination.
The Book Keeping and Accountancy paper of HSC board has been allegedly leaked second time since last year.
Screenshots of a question paper was allegedly circulated on a social networking application at 10.20 am on Friday and a student from Mira Road was even caught viewing the message on his mobile phone inside the exam hall.
While the Mumbai divisional board registered a case with the cyber crime investigation cell in Belapur late on Friday evening, the board officials claimed that they would wait for the investigation report of the cyber crime cell to ascertain the exact time of the leak and whether the screen shots reached large number of students, before deciding if a re-exam is necessary.
“Unless we get a report from the cyber crime cell, we cannot declare that there was a paper leak because if it is declared that there was a leak, it will affect lakhs of students. In that case, we will have to then conduct a re-exam,” said state board secretary Krishna B Patil.
The Mumbai divisional board received complaints around 11.30 pm on Friday that the screenshots of Book Keeping and Accountancy question paper were being circulated on WhatsApp.
Royal College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mira Road, which was an exam centre, also rang up the board around 1 pm, informing them that they had caught a student viewing the message during the paper.
Last year too, the paper of the same subject had leaked minutes before the exam on March 10, 2015 on a social networking site.
Meanwhile, chairman of Mumbai divisional board Dattatray Jagtap said the questions in the screenshots and the exam question paper were found to be same.
“As soon as we received the screenshots, we verified and found the questions similar. However, it is likely that someone clicked the pciture of the question paper few minutes before the exam began and circulated it. Our concern now is to find out if the message reached a large number of students,” added Japtap.
Jagtap said, “We are waiting for the report of cyber crime cell as well as instructions from the state board office, Pune.”
Meanwhile, officials of Belapur cyber crime cell claimed that they have not received any official complaint from the board so far.