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CBSE Paper Leak: Delhi Court Grants Anticipatory Bail to School Principal [Read Order]

A Delhi court has granted anticipatory bail to the principal of a private school who is being interrogated in connection with the leak of CBSE Class XII Economics question paper.

Judge Ajay Gupta granted anticipatory bail to the principal of Mother Khazani School, a private school in northwest Delhi.

The principal was being interrogated after the police arrested two teachers of the school who took photographs of the question paper and sent it to a tutor of a coaching centre.

Following the arrest of two teachers, the CBSE had issued show cause notice to the school, which was one of the centres for conducting Board examination.

Advocate Harsh K Sharma, founder of Prosoll Law Inc., appeared for the principal and argued that he has been falsely implicated in the case and that he was only the exam superintendent of the centre and did not have custody of the question papers which were allegedly leaked.

He further submitted that the question papers were received at 9.05 am through CBSE personnel and thereafter, at 9.15 am photographs of the unbroken sealed packets of question paper were taken which were duly submitted to the CBSE. The said seals were broken around 10 am and the question papers were distributed to the students and a certificate to that effect was prepared and issued to the CBSE.

Further, it was argued by advocate Harsh Sharma that there is no denying that the investigation has revealed that the said question papers were leaked on 23.03.2018 from district Una, Himachal Pradesh, sufficient to imply that principal Mother Khazani has no role in the alleged crime.

On the other hand, the counsel for the state argued that the papers were opened far ahead of time and their photographs taken and sent to Touquir, who taught Economics at his coaching centre.

The court granted anticipatory bail to the principal taking note of the fact that the two teachers have already been released on bail.

The court was also informed that the CBSE has already suspended its official KS Rana who was under a duty to deliver the parcel of question papers at the said school.

Read the Order Here

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