In the wake of the protests on 31 March by students and parents over the second leak of the rescheduled Class 12 - the 2nd year Pre-University - chemistry examination in Karnataka, 30 people, including senior officials were suspended with immediate effect.
The exam has tentatively been postponed - for the third time - to 12 April. The Chemistry examination, initially scheduled to be held on 21 March, was cancelled after the paper was leaked. The re-examination was scheduled for 29 March, only to be postponed further to 31 March following protests demanding withdrawal of the examination.
In the past, senior officials in Bellary and Kolar had been suspended after the initial investigations revealed that the main paper leaked happened at the centers under their care.
Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar stated that a three-member committee has been constituted to supervise the examinations - including Transport Commissioner Ramegowda and State project director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan PC Jaffer.
Students gathered outside the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) in Bengaluru and pelted stones at the building. The protesters also demanded the resignation of Education Minister Kimmane Ratnakar.
However, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has refused to accept the demand for his resignation. Over 1.4 lakh students have been affected by the development - including those appearing for the common entrance exam.
Siddarmaiah also accused the BJP of politicising the issue and questioned why state BJP president and MP Prahlad Joshi seemed to be adamant on Ratnakar's resignation.
-- With agency inputs