KU asks crime branch to probe paper leaks

KU asks crime branch to probe paper leaks

SRINAGAR: Ruling out involvement of officials at its examination section, Kashmir University has asked Crime Branch Kashmir to probe the recent paper leak incidents hoping to punish and send a “strong message” to guilty.
Last week, two papers -English and Environmental Science- set by the KU for undergrad students were widely shared on Whatsapp before the examination.
While the English paper was leaked a day before the examination day, the EVS paper was postponed by the KU at the last minute after it was allegedly shared on messaging app before the examination could start.
The KU had immediately set up an internal committee to probe the twin incidents within four days.
In a relief to the KU’s examination section, the initial findings of the committee have ruled out any involvement of officials at the section, Controller Examinations at KU, Prof Farooq A Mir told Kashmir Reader.
Prof Mir informed that they had asked the Crime Branch on Wednesday to further probe the leaks “with the request to order a probe at the earliest”.
Asked whether names of any particular official had come to the fore, Prof Mir declined to comment.
He, however, emphasised that officials at the KU’s examination section were not involved.
“What is clear is that it has not happened here. Officials are working here for decades together. They are trustworthy persons,” Prof Mir added.
“Out of question,” he said over their involvement.
The internal committee, which worked on Sunday also, as per Prof Mir “immediately submitted the report to the Hon’ble VC, who rightaway gave it a go ahead (to transfer the case to CB)” he said.
“There will be no compromise. A strong message must go to the university to all the concerned that it will not be tolerated. Guilty will be punished, rest assured,” Prof Mir emphasised.
A top official at the KU’s Examination Section told Kashmir Reader that they had not yet zeroed in on any particular college over the paper leaks.
“Otherwise, we would have busted that particular college by now,” he added.
Inspector General Crime Branch Kashmir, Syed Afadul Mujtaba confirmed having received a communiqué from the KU asking them to probe the paper leaks.