While the Supreme Court on Monday ordered cancellation of the All India pre-medical and pre dental test (AIPMT), asking the Central Board of Secondary Education to hold a fresh examination within four weeks, the development poses a fresh challenge to Haryana police which is investigating the paper leak case.
Since the kingpin and prime accused in the case, Roop Singh Dangi of Madina village in Rohtak is still at large, the Rohtak police is pushing hard to arrest him before the CBSE conducts the fresh exam to thwart a second attempt.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Rohtak range, Shrikant Jadhav said the police has pressed on the pedal to search Dangi as there are concerns that the kingpin may try to jeopardize fresh exam also. Police officials said that Dangi was a critical link to the entire paper leak episode.
“It has been established that AIPMT answer keys were leaked in 2o14 also. Two MBBS students - Banaras Hindu University (BHU) student, Vijay Yadav and King George Medical College, Rahul Verma who were involved in this year’s episode had qualified the 2014 exam using the same modus operandi. So the possibility of recurrence cannot be rule out," officials said.
Meanwhile, Jadhav said they were gearing up to ascertain the modalities of CBSE examination system before the fresh test. “As an investigation agency we want to study and zero in on the areas from where the question paper or answer keys could be passed on to the perpetrator. For this we would require the co-operation of CBSE officials," Jadhav said.
During raids conducted by Rohtak police on May 3 the day exam was held, Rohtak police found that answer keys were transmitted by a BDS doctor, Bhupender Singh from his mobile phone at about 12.51pm and 12.56pm to two different persons.
Another mobile recovered from one Dr Sanjeet revealed that answer keys were transmitted to a MBBS student from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Gautam at 12.33pm using mobile messaging application, Whatsapp. The police said the Dangi is the key to ascertain the timing of transmission of answer key to several other candidates of across the country. Also, his arrest would unravel the source of answer key leak which is a critical aspect in identifying point of leakage and devising a mechanism to stop such attempts.