The High Court at Hyderabad pulled up the governments of the two Telugu states, and asked them to detail the steps taken to control mass copying in board examinations.
The Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice A Shankaranarayan said on Tuesday, that under the AP Education Act of 1982, the state governments were supposed to take strict action against those indulging in mass copying and people assisting them. However, the Bench said that the two governments were taking these cases far too lightly.
The Bench told the Chief Secretaries of both states to submit affidavits detailing the number of cases prosecuted, information on invigilators who assisted in copying, and the action taken.
The Bench was hearing a PIL filed by Dr. G. Srinivas of West Godavari district raising doubts about the effectiveness of measures taken by the two state governments to curb mass copying.
During the hearing on Tuesday, S. Niranjan Reddy, the counsel for the petitioner, said that following the March 14 directive to install CCTV cameras in exam centres, results had dropped from 100% to 40% at a school in Mallapur, Karimnagar district.
The bench also asked the states to elaborate on the budget allocated for CCTV cameras and the effect it had on mass copying.
Telugu newspaper Andhrajyothy reported that the Telangana state counsel told the Court that cameras had been installed in many schools across the state and measures were being taken to cover all schools. The HC asked the Andhra Pradesh government why it had failed to install cameras, when Telangana had already done it.
It gave both states four weeksâ€™ time to file affidavits, failing which, the authorities concerned would be called for questioning by the Court.