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Forensic test on girl’s papers

noida Updated: May 31, 2013 23:31 IST
Astha Saxena
Astha Saxena
Hindustan Times
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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will send answersheets of Class 12 student Pooja Soni who drew a blank in two papers —accountancy and economics — for forensic investigation. The girl claimed that CBSE officials told her that ‘vanishing ink’ was used on the answersheets.

The CBSE has also decided to seek a high-level committee’s approval for allowing her to re-appear in both the papers as it is ‘a very rare case’.

“We have seen the copies and they have not been tampered with. But as the student has expressed her doubts about the answer books, we will send them to a forensic lab for verification. The papers were written with a pencil and then erased. The girl’s future will not be affected,” said Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE.

On May 27, Hindustan Times had reported how 18-year-old Soni was shocked to see her report card, which showed zero marks in two subjects.

Her report card showed English 81, mathematics 95, business studies 66, accountancy practical 20 (out of 20), economics 0 and accountancy theory 0. She had scored 98 in economics in the pre-boards.

“If she is correct, we will help her out. But if she is wrong, then the earlier she accepts the reality the better,” said Joshi. While CBSE officials argued that the candidate wrote the exam with a pencil, Soni insisted that she had used a pen.

“My daughter wrote her name with a pen, then how can she write the answers with a pencil? Her future is at stake,” said Vijay Soni, her father.