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AIPMT cancelled by Supreme Court but how to stop repeat hi-tech cheats in 4 weeks? [UPDATE-2: READ JUDGMENT]

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The Supreme Court has cancelled the All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT) after the paper was leaked, as predicted by one of the advocates for the petitioners, Vaibhav Choudhary, on Legally India on Friday.

The court told the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to hold new exams within four weeks by 15 July.

The SC bench of justices RK Agrawal and Amitava Roy said in their judgment:

We are not unaware that in holding the present examination as well as in participating in the exercise, all genuinely concerned have put in tireless efforts. All these however have been rendered futile by a handful of elements seeking to reap undue financial gain by subjecting the process to their evil manoeuvres. We have thus no hesitation to order that the All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Test stands cancelled. The CBSE would now have to hold a fresh examination at the earliest, by complying with all necessary and prescribed norms, being mindful of the exigency amongst others of the commencement of the academic session which presently stands scheduled to be on and from 01.8.2015. We direct the Board, in the attendant of facts and circumstances to hold the examination within a period of four weeks from today. 

Endeavours should be made to minimize the delay after the examination is held afresh as directed. We part with the expectation that the CBSE and the other stakeholder institutions would act in the right sprit in complying with this order for the paramountcy and trustworthiness of the system as well as the sustenance of the confidence that it enjoys. We all owe this, in the minimum, to the society in general and the student community in particular. 

The investigating agency would, in accordance with law, complete its drill with all alacrity and earnestness.

Choudhary told Legally India today: “The Supreme Court has […] asked other agencies to assist CBSE, from police and other agencies, so that special Bluetooth devices are not used in premises (to cheat in the exam)."

"They were already using jammers but that didn't work because people were using Bluetooth devices and things under their garments."

He said that the CBSE argued that even if you ask for a reconduct of the examination, the same thing could  happen again. "The CBSE will have to come out with some innovative ideas," he added.

Around 6.3 lakh students competed in the exam, with around 44 having been found to have cheated.

Download Tanvi Sarwal v Central Board of Secondary Education & Ors (PDF)

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