The Mumbai division of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education filed a police complaint with the Navi Mumbai Police on Tuesday over the circulation of images of the book-keeping and accountancy paper on WhatsApp.
However, the board has ruled out any possibility of conducting a re-exam.
Images of the paper were circulated on the social messenger 30 minutes before the exam started on Monday. Several students said that they received the images at 10.30am, before the question paper was even distributed in the exam halls at 10.50am.
Board chairperson Gangadhar Mhamane said, “Once the FIR has been lodged, the police will investigate and tell us if the paper was leaked or if it can be treated as an exam malpractice.”
Siddheshwar Chandekar, secretary of the divisional board submitted an application to Navi Mumbai police on Tuesday, on the directions of the state board in Pune. “A representative from the HSC board office in Vashi has submitted an application stating that the HSC board exam paper was leaked on WhatsApp on Monday morning,” said an official from the Navi Mumbai police cybercrime unit.
The official said that the application will now go to the DCP (crime).
“We will do the preliminary technical investigation. We will be sending an email to the WhatsApp administrator seeking details of the source, who posted it on WhatsApp,” he said.
Irrespective of the outcome of the police investigation, the board has ruled out conducting re-exams.