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5 years jail, 10 lakh fine… Shinde government brought bill regarding paper leak

Nita Yadav

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde

The Maharashtra government has taken a big decision amid the CBI probe into the NEET paper leak. The Eknath Shinde government of the state has introduced a bill to prevent malpractices in competitive examinations. The main objective of this bill is to prevent malpractices in competitive examinations. The bill provides for a jail term of up to 5 years for anyone found guilty of paper leak or malpractice.

Minister Shambhuraj Desai introduced the ‘Maharashtra Competitive Examination (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024’ Bill in the Assembly. Under the bill, offenses related to competitive examinations will be cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable. Those found involved in unfair means and offenses in competitive examinations will be punished with imprisonment of at least three years. Which can be increased to five years and a fine of up to 10 lakh rupees.

This provision shall apply if the penalty is not paid

In case of non-payment of fine, additional imprisonment will be awarded as per provisions of Indian Penal Code 2023. The Bill includes provisions to avoid disruption in the conduct of competitive examinations, to determine the duties of question setters, to empower officers not below the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police or Assistant Commissioner of Police to investigate crime.

CBI is stationed in two states

CBI investigation is going on from Bihar to Gujarat in the case of NEET paper leak. One CBI team is camping in Patna, the capital of Bihar, while the other is in Godhra, Gujarat. CBI has also arrested many people so far. The principal and vice principal of Oasis School in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand have also been arrested by the CBI.

A hearing is going on in the Supreme Court regarding the paper leak

A hearing is also going on in the Supreme Court in this matter. The education ministry filed an affidavit on Friday. It has been clarified that the government and its institutions are committed to conduct all competitive examinations in a fair and transparent manner. Keeping the question papers secret is the highest priority of the government in view of the exams. The government said that the criminal elements had breached the confidentiality of the question paper. The government will punish them with full force of law.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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