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II PU question paper circulated online was fake: Board chief

BENGALURU: Alerted by CCB sleuths, the officials from Pre-University (PU) division had been up in action at three am on Saturday to test if the II PU question paper used to be leaked.

With just seven hours had been left for the exam, they cross-checked all of the sturdy rooms in the state to verify if the images making rounds in social media matched with the true question paper. They didn’t match and what used to be observed on social media used to be confirmed to be faux.

“The circulated pictures were not of the particular question paper, but one thing fabricated by miscreants. Department has filed a grievance with the CCB,” stated PU director PC Jaffer.

The matter used to be revealed to the media only after the tests started to be sure that the scholars were not affected by the tension of alleged paper leak.

“The logic used in the bar code at the allegedly leaked question paper pictures didn’t match with what has been utilized by the board. PU division follows a logic in the formation of the bar code. Also the serial number revealed in the pictures had been of 022 sequence, whilst the original question paper had different serial numbers. On verification the CCTV footages from all of the treasury sturdy rooms showed that the question paper bundles saved in sturdy rooms were not disturbed by anybody,” defined Jaffer.

However, many scholars around the state had accessed pictures of the question paper circulated on WhatsApp on Friday evening.

“We had no clue in regards to the verification finished by the PU board early in the morning. The faux question paper had already created rigidity and confusions among many scholars who had surely prepared for the exam,” a lecturer instructed TOI, on condition of anonymity.

Of the whole four,85,988 scholars who had registered for the exam, 21,966 persons remained absent.

FIR filed

On Saturday afternoon, an FIR used to be registered with CCB police in opposition to unidentified miscreants for circulating the faux question paper based on a grievance filed by Jaffer. “We’ve registered a case under IPC section 120b (hatching felony conspiracy),” stated CCB sleuths.

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