Leaked paper question: NSA invoked against 2 school principals, owner of a computer store

The strict National Security Act (NSA) has been invoked against three people, including principals of two private schools, arrested in connection with the leak of the UP Board’s Class XII English questionnaire last month.

“We invoked the NSA against Ravindra Nath Singh, Rajeev Prajapati and Nirbhay Narayan Singh.

While Nirbhay and Ravindra were principals of two private schools in Ballia which were found to be involved in the leak, Prajapati owns a computer store and was involved in the leak and subsequent distribution of the questions paper,” Superintendent of Police (Ballia) Raj Karan said Nayyar on Wednesday.

The leaked paper had caused the exam to be canceled in 24 districts in the state.

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Police had earlier said Nirbhay Narayan Singh of Maharaji Devi Smarak Inter College was the “mastermind” behind the leaked paper.

According to the police, he had tampered with the questionnaire at the school and distributed it to other defendants who sold the leaked questionnaires for Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000.

A total of 55 people have been arrested in the case so far, including Ballia District Schools Inspector (DIOS) Brijesh Mishra, who remains in judicial custody. Three local journalists – Ajit Ojha and Digvijay Singh from Amar Ujala newspaper, and Manoj Gupta from Rashtriya Sahara newspaper – were also arrested in connection with the case. They were released on bail on Tuesday after police failed to present evidence against them.

Ballia journalists are continuing their protests to demand that all charges against the three journalists be dropped, claiming they were “framed” by the local administration for reporting the leaked questionnaire.