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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 06 March: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Calcutta High Court seeking fresh conduct of the Physical Science examination in the just concluded Madhyamik (school final).

Petitioner Kunal Bagchi, a retired teacher of Dum Dum Vivekananda Vidyalaya, has in his submission referred to the leak of the question paper while the Physical Science exam was underway on 01 March.

Stating that this has compromised the sanctity of the exam, Bagchi has appealed the court to direct the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) today hold the exam afresh and also not to publish Madhyamik results until the matter got resolved.

The division bench of acting Chief Justice Nishita Nirmal Mhatre and justice Topobrata Chakraborty has admitted the PIL and a hearing is likely on 10 March Friday.

It may be recalled that the Physical Science question paper was leaked over WhatsApp within an hour of the exam had started. A local journalist in Malda had received two pages of the question paper on his WhatsApp and immediately reported the matter to WBBSE.

WBBSE subsequently lodged an FIR with police and is also conducting an internal probe to find out the source of the misconduct although it does not admit it to be a leak in the true sense of the term.

“The exam was already on for about an hour and all examinees were inside their exam halls all over the state. This cannot be considered a question paper leak as such, and hence, there question does not arise to conduct the Physical Science exam afresh,” WBBSE chairman Kalyanmoy Ganguly had told journalists in Kolkata on 01 March evening.