This school’s principal Mangesh Lad has been arrested
Cop Arrested In March 11 Case Spills Beans
Mumbai: The crime branch has arrested a school principal on the charge of supplying the SSC algebra paper to a police head constable whose son was caught copying in the exam last month.
Mangesh Lad (47), the principal, was produced before a court and was remanded in police custody till Wednesday.
The police had arrested the head constable, Uday Kadam, recently after his son was reportedly found in possession of two sets of question papers at the exam. It was during Kadam’s interrogation that Lad’s name cropped up in the case.
“Lad has been principal of Priyadarshini Vidya Mandir in Kandivli (W) for the past 23 years,” a police officer who is part of the investigation said on Saturday. “During sustained interrogation, he said he knew Kadam and did this for his friendship. Lad said that they [school authorities] need police help quite often and that Kadam would cooperate with them.”
Lad was summoned for questioning at the Kandivili unit of the crime branch on Friday night. Police sources said that Lad initially gave evasive replies but later admitted that he had supplied the paper to Kadam some time before the exam began. “Lad categorically said he did not do it for monetary gain; it was just on account of personal relations,” the police officer said.
The police said they were questioning the arrested principal to determine if he had done anything similar in the past. The SSC student was caught copying at YB Chavan School in Kandivli (W).
Kadam, who was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractices at University, Board and Other Specified Examinations Act of 1982, was produced before the 37th metropolitan magistrate’s court and remanded in police custody till Wednesday.
The state board is simultaneously conducting a separate inquiry over the student to find out his role in the incident and state a punishment. Depending on the report by the board-appointed committee, the student can be debarred from one to five board exam sessions.
THE LEAK |
On March 11, a 16-year-old SSC student who was appearing for the exams as a private candidate was caught copying from paper chits by the supervisor, who soon found out that the student had two sets of algebra question papers. The board and the police were alerted. The boy told school officials he had got the paper from his father. Later, he told the police he got the paper from two youths outside Borivli railway station for Rs 500. The boy was sent to Dongri remand home and freed on bail after a couple of days.
The paper leaks and the total chaos on exam dates have made 2014 a traumatic year for students in the city. The leaks are worrying because they indicate exam conducting agencies have been able to take care of neither technological issues (the university leak) nor more traditional leak routes (the SSC leak). The misery this year has been compounded by another example of shortsightedness: keeping polls right in the middle of the university exam season. The government must learn from this season’s chaos and ensure there is no repeat during at least the October exams.
The Times of India, April 6, 2014