The Supreme Court of India, on Thursday assured students who had appeared in the May 3, 2015 All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) that it would cancel the exam if required, and if the Haryana Police investigating the alleged leak of questions papers failed to nab the candidates who cheated during the exam.
A vacation bench consisting of Justices AK Sikri and UU Lalit scheduled the hearing of a batch of petitions filed by several students on the issue on May 26, 2015. In their petition, the students had urged the court to direct the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to conduct AIPMT 2015 again because they felt it had been marred with paper leak.
“We are sitting with an open mind. We will decide it… So far as conducting re-examination is concerned, it is the last resort only,” the vacation bench said.
“Why should six lakh people be asked to take the examination all over again… we should try to find out the number of beneficiaries,” the bench observed.
The apex court also stated that it may not have to cancel the exam in case the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Haryana government was able to find the alleged cheaters.
In order to enable the SIT team to expedite its probe, the Supreme Court has directed all state as well as central law enforcement agencies alongside mobile service providers to offer all necessary cooperation to the SIT. It also asked the SIT to come up with a progress report on the case on the next date of hearing.
“We are sitting with an open mind that (cancellation) we well decide after the investigations are over,” justice Sikri reportedly assured a number of agitated parents present during the hearing.