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Two suspended after law paper leak in Lucknow varsity

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Lucknow: Two Lucknow University law teachers were suspended after six audio clips went viral in which two male voices can be heard leaking questions of the LL.B semester III examination.

The examination has been cancelled post the incident.

The crackdown followed just hours after the audio clips went viral in which two male voices can be heard leaking questions to a woman, ahead of the examination.

The voices are suspected to be of two law faculty members and the female voice is being allegedly attributed to the chairperson of a medical college, who is also enrolled as a student of LL. B third semester.

Later on Wednesday night, an FIR was registered at Hasanganj police station against three persons.

Lucknow University police outpost in charge, Abhay Kumar Singh, said, “Richa Mishra and Ashok Kumar have been named in the FIR and the third accused is still unidentified. We are yet to match the voice in the audio clips. We have launched a probe after registering a case under Uttar Pradesh Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 1998.”

The incident has snowballed into a huge controversy for Lucknow University which is celebrating its centenary year.

Officiating Vice-Chancellor S K Shukla told reporters at a hurriedly convened press conference that several question papers of the third semester exam conducted in the first week of December had been leaked.

Shukla announced that two teachers were suspended because prima facie evidence (audio clip) points to their involvement.

“After hearing audio clips, it is clear that questions of several papers of LL.B semester III were leaked, compromising the sanctity of the exam process. Fresh dates of the exam will be announced later,” he said.

A two-member committee comprising Prof (retired) SK Dwiwedi and former controller of examinations Prof (retired) Chaman Mehrotra has been formed to probe the paper leak.

Shukla said that he would request the state government to order a CB-CID probe.

He said that a fine of Rs 5 lakh has been imposed on the LU-affiliated private law college and it has been blacklisted as an examination centre. “We also sought CCTV footage and DVR tapes from the college, but nothing was found due to a glitch in cameras,” said Shukla.

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SC imposes Rs 10K cost on lawyer over PIL on IIT suicides

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Terming it “frivolous”, the Supreme Court on Thursday imposed Rs 10,000 cost on a petitioner who filed a PIL seeking direction to the Centre and IITs to formulate and implement a programme to address the menace of rising suicide cases on their campuses.

A bench comprising Justices R.F. Nariman, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee said this is an utterly frivolous petition and asked the petitioner-in-person Gaurav Kumar Bansal: “How much cost should we impose on you?”

The bench noted that the Centre is well aware of the situation and dismissed the plea raising the issues of suicides on IIT campuses across the country.

During a brief hearing on the matter, Bansal argued that nearly 50 students have died by suicide in the IITs in the last five years. He urged the top court to intervene in the matter and also directed the Education Ministry and the IITs to formulate and implement a “student wellness programme” but the bench said it is not inclined to entertain the plea.

The lawyer submitted that a committee was earlier formed to probe into the causes behind suicide by students, and insisted that the situation remains the same.

Citing the Centre’s response on the matter, the court told the petitioner that authorities were alive to the matter.

“We are dismissing it with Rs 10,000 as cost payable to the legal services authority,” said the bench.

The plea had urged the apex court to direct all IITs to immediately plan, design, formulate and effectively implement a student health wellness programme. And, this programme should focus on prevention and reduction of suicides within the institutes, the plea sought.

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