The results of primary teachers’ recruitment examination would not be published before an investigation into the allegations of question paper leak is completed, Advocate General of West Bengal assured Calcutta High Courttoday.
There were 23 lakh examinees for the TET examination for nearly 40,000 vacancies.
On a petition seeking an independent investigation into the allegation of question paper leak, AG Jayanta Mitra told Justice Debangshu Basak that an investigation being carried out by Kolkata Police was likely to be completed within two months from date.
Justice Basak directed the state government to file its affidavit in opposition to the petitioner’s claim of question paper leak by November 23.
The petitioner would have to file his affidavit in reply to the opposition by November 30 and the matter would be heard again in December, the court directed.
Appearing for petitioner Satya Sundar Bhusan, counsel Bikash Bikash Bhattacharya submitted that the question papers for Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) for recruitment of primary teachers were leaked much before the examination commenced at 2 PM on October 11 and a police complaint had been lodged at Gariahat police station in the southern part of the city at 1.50 PM on that day in this regard.
He prayed for an order for independent investigation into the allegation, claiming that the alleged leak could adversely affect the careers of lakhs of examinees.
Bhattacharya also prayed that declaration of results be withheld till the investigation was completed.
Appearing for the state, additional Advocate General Lakshmi Gupta submitted that question papers were distributed to students in various examination halls across the state at 1.45 PM and four pages of the 32-page question paper were sent to a journalist with the use of ‘WhatsApp’, a social messaging application.
Claiming that there was no leakage and that it was an act of mischief, Gupta submitted that there was a sinister motive behind the act.
Gupta further stated that the examination was not affected by this act and as such no action was required to be taken with regard to the petition.
Advocate General Mitra submitted that since the pages were allegedly leaked at 1.46 PM as per the time of delivery of WhatsApp message and the examination was to start at 2.00 PM, the purported leakage would have had no bearing on the examination.
( Source – PTI )