The Supreme Court has expressed satisfaction at the security measures taken by the government and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to prevent question paper leak ahead of major competitive examinations.
A Bench of Justices A R Lakshmanan and V S Sirpurkar, while recording the confidential reports submitted in this regard by the government and the CBSE, hoped that the measures would be implemented in letter and spirit to check the menace.
The Bench disposed of the petition filed by one Raj Kumar Gupta who complained that the frequent leakage of question papers had shaken the confidence of honest students and their parents on the present examination system.
On November 11, 2006, following the apex court’s notices, the Centre and the CBSE had filed separate affidavits along with confidential reports in which the security measures were outlined.
In its report, the Centre listed in detail the special steps evolved by the Combined Admission Test Group (CATG) of various IIMS for providing fool-proof measures in securing the question papers right from the time they are set to the time answer sheets are evaluated and results declared.
The CBSE too, which faced criticism following leakage of question papers of All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Examination, 2004, claimed in its report that it had evolved fresh measures to prevent such leakages.
The Bench, which perused the reports, observed that it was satisfied with the steps sought to be taken by the government and hence was disposing of the petition.