An examinee of the primary teachers eligibility test (TET) moved Calcutta High Court on Tuesday to demand a CBI investigation into the allegations of question paper leak and a fresh examination. The petition has been admitted and hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
A group of aggrieved youths who took the test called on governor Keshari Nath Tripathi with the same demand soon after the petition was admitted in court.
The developments come at a time when the BJP, too, has sought a CBI probe into the matter, although it has stopped short of seeking legal remedy. All opposition parties, including the BJP and the CPI(M), are continuing their protests against the “irregularities” in the test.
TET is the largest public examination in Bengal, and one of the largest in the country. Nearly 2.3 million job aspirants appeared for the test on October 11. TET qualifiers are recruited as primary school teachers but, over the last two years, the exam has got mired in controversy.
This time, the test was held up twice over the last three months, thanks to question paper leak on two occasions. Even on Sunday, the papers were allegedly leaked in WhatsApp hours before the exam began. But the government refused to call it a leak and went ahead to declare that there was nothing wrong with the test.
“No question paper was leaked. It was a picture sent by one person and received by another on Whatsapp and both must be arrested,” Manik Bhattacharyya, the chairman of the West Bengal Primary Education Board said on Sunday.
“We have filed the petition with the plea that the court should order a CBI probe into the case. The test should be held afresh,” said Bikram Banerjee, the advocate who filed the petition on behalf of Satya Sundar Bhusan. “The matter will be heard by Justice Debangsu Basak,” he said. Bhusan also claimed that the governor gave them a sympathetic hearing.