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Anti Paper Leak Law Bill Takes Effect Amid NEET, NET Row: Fine Up To 1 Crore With 10 Years Jail

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On Friday, the Central Government enacted the Anti Paper Leak Law in reaction to the uproar surrounding anomalies in the NEET UG and UGC NET tests. It was released on Friday evening. The purpose of this law is to stop cheating on tests and paper leaks. Exam paper leaks and OMR sheet manipulation are punishable by law with three to five years in prison and fines of between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 1 crore. In addition, individuals found guilty will be responsible for paying the examination expenses.

 

 Main Provisions Under Anti Paper Leak Law

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  • A person who tampers with the answer sheet faces a sentence of three to five years in prison.
  • There will be fines between 10 lakhs and 1 crore.
  • A service provider faces a 1 crore fine if proven guilty.
  • Examinee malpractice for UPSC, SSC, Railway Recruitment Board, IBPS, and NTA is covered by law.
  • Bail is not required for any felony involving exam paper leaks.
  • Those who caused the paper leak will be held accountable for paying the exam’s expenses.
  • Exam centers will be suspended for four years if they are engaged.
  • Exam centers’ properties that were included in paper leaks would be seized.
  • Cases involving paper leaks can be looked into by government authorities such as the CBI, ED, and IB.
  • This law permits officers to investigate offenses who are not Deputy Superintendent of Police or Assistant Commissioner of Police status.

 

UGC-NET Paper Leak

Based on a referral from the Union Education Ministry, the Central Bureau of Investigation filed an FIR on Thursday against anonymous people in the UGC-NET paper leak case, according to media sources. The National Testing Agency held the UGC-NET, 2024 exam on June 18 through two shifts throughout the whole nation to select junior research fellows, assistant professors, and PhD scholars. The National Cyber Crime Threat Analytics Unit of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre notified the University Grants Commission the following day that the paper had been leaked on the internet and was purportedly being sold for Rs. 5–6 lakh on messaging sites, according to media sources.

 

In A Nutshell

The new law intends to stop test cheating by enacting harsher penalties, including a minimum three-year jail sentence and fines of up to Rs 10 lakh for anyone found to be fiddling with answer sheets or disclosing exam papers. Since all offenses are considered cognizable and non-bailable, police can detain anyone without a warrant and without allowing them to request bail. Exam service providers risk fines of up to Rs 1 crore if they neglect to disclose possible violations. Targeting organized crime, the law imposes a minimum three-year term and a fine of Rs 1 lakh on senior personnel within service providers. The Act also protects the innocent by enabling them to demonstrate that the crime was done without their understanding. Further, they made every effort to not let it happen.

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