The supreme court of India cancelled the results of the May 3rd All India Pre-Medical test examination (AIPMT 2015) on Monday due to allegations of large-scale irregularities which includes the leakage of answer keys.
AIMPT 2015 exams results dismissed
A bench of justice RK Agarwal and Justice Amitava Roy has also passed the order that fresh tests are to be conducted in a months’ time. They also mentioned that all the institutes who are involved in the AIPMT exam process must co-operate with the CBSE to conduct the test. This decision was reached upon as the court was hearing a batch of petitions filed by candidates who wrote the exam seeking its cancellation claiming that mass cheating during the examinations had vitiated the process
The exam results that were supposed to be declared by the CBSE on June 5th had been delayed to June 15th for this very reason and has been the center of controversy since the irregularities were discovered.
The court came down heavily on the CBSE as it was in opposition to the cancellation of the AIPMT contending that there isn’t any guarantee that mass cheating won’t be repeated. The court also questioned the education body on its security measures to prevent such practices.
“You (CBSE) are an institution conducting the exam. Why did you not take precautions? This modus operandi was followed last year also. You must have been aware,” the bench had said while reserving its order for June 15.
During the hearing, the bench said, “The examination stands vitiated even if one student is being benefited illegally. “We are not holding CBSE guilty as such. Taking into consideration the past such incidents, CBSE ought to have been cognizant of these things. It had been happening for last two-three years,” it said.
Solicitor Ranjit Kumar opposed the contentions seeking the cancellation of the exam saying that “6.3 lakh students cannot be made to take the exam afresh when only 44 students have been found involved in taking benefits through unfair means.”
On June 8, the apex court had extended till today the stay on declaration of results of the test.
Earlier, the vacation bench had asked Haryana Police to file a fresh report indicating the number of beneficiaries of the alleged irregularities in the pre-medical examination.
It had also asked the police to identify as many candidates as possible who had been benefited from the alleged leak. Related to this a court in Rhotak sent two teachers of a private school in Gohana in two day police remand for allegedly solving and leaking the keys to the AIPMT in Haryana. The two were chemistry teachers namely Pravin Kumar and Vikas. They were among the 5 allegedly caught including 2 girls by the STF (Special Task Force) on Saturday.
There were large scale irregularities which also included the leakage of answer keys had come to the light earlier. The investigators reported that the answer keys to 123 questions were apparently transmitted through 75 cell phones in certain states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Haryana. A day before the Supreme Court verdict, Hindustan Times’ report on a further delay in declaring the results on June 12 evoked responses from a large number of students and those affected by the developments.
(Based on sources such as Times of India and Hindustan Times)