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Kolkata: Notwithstanding the question paper leak on the first day of Madhyamik school leaving exam today, the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has said that the exam is valid and there is no question of holding the exam afresh.

Today was the exam for first language paper in the Madhyamik. The exam started all over Bengal at 11.45 am and within half-an-hour or so the Bengali question paper started making rounds on WhatsApp.

After the exam ended at 3 in the afternoon, it was discovered that the question paper leaked on WhatsApp is the same as the one on which some 10,64,980 students wrote the exam. This raised the apprehension that the Board might take the exam afresh.

But its chairman Kalyanmoy Ganguly told a news conference in the afternoon that today’s exam is very much valid.

“We revived the leaked question paper on WhatsApp at 1.43 pm. At that time, the examinees were already writing the paper in exam centres all over the state and hence, they had no chance of getting an advantage from this. Hence, there will be no repeat exam,” Ganguly said.

He added that the Board has lodged an FIR at Bidhannagar Cyber police station over the question paper leak and that exemplary punishment will be meted out if the guilty are identified.

“Let me warn all concerned once more. If either an invigilator or an examinee or a staff is found carrying mobile phones inside the exam centres, the punishment will be severe for all to learn a lifetime lesson,” Ganguly added.