HC orders judicial probe into SSC question leak

The High Court on Thursday ordered a judicial probe into the allegations of question paper leakage in the ongoing Secondary School Certificate and its equivalent examinations.

The court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why their failure and inaction to prevent the leakage of question papers should not be declared illegal and unlawful.

Following a writ petition, an HC bench comprising Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir also directed the authorities concerned to form an administrative investigation body to look into the allegations.

The judicial inquiry committee would be headed by Dhaka district and sessions judge and the administrative committee is headed by Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology professor Muhammad Kaikobad.

Twenty government officials, including secretaries of education, law and home ministries, and chairmen of the education boards, were made respondents to the rule which is returnable in three weeks, she added.

The court asked the authorities concerned to submit the probe reports before it within 30 days.

Four lawyers, including Ainunnahar, filed the writ petition with the High Court on Wednesday seeking its order for a judicial probe into the question paper leakage and taking the SSC exams freshly cancelling those have already been held.

They said the SSC examinations for nine out of 10 subjects were held amid the leakage of question papers.