Rs 10 Cr Fine, 10-Year Jail For Cheating In Govt Exams? This State Proposes New Laws

Rs 10 Cr Fine, 10-Year Jail For Cheating In Govt Exams? This State Proposes New Laws
Rs 10 Cr Fine, 10-Year Jail For Cheating In Govt Exams? This State Proposes New Laws

The Rajasthan government tabled a bill in the state assembly on Thursday.

The bill has provisions for up to 10-year jail term and a fine of up to Rs 10 crore for anyone found guilty of leaking question paper in government examinations.

Bill For Prevention Of Unfair Means In Recruitment

Further, the bill was tabled after a massive uproar over the Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers (REET) paper leak.

This event has brought a lot of flak to chief minister Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in the state.

The statement of objects of the bill mentions,‘The Rajasthan Public Examination (measures for prevention of unfair means in recruitment) Bill, 2022’, provides effective measures to prevent and curb the offenses of leakage of question papers and use of unfair means in public examinations, especially for recruitment to any posts in the state government, including autonomous bodies, authorities, boards or corporations.

Jail Term And Fine For Unauthorized Help

Further, the statement says that it also provides for designated courts for the trial of such offenses and for matters connected.

“Under the proposed law, if a person takes unauthorized help in the public examination from any person or group directly or indirectly or from any material written, recorded, copied or printed, in any form whatsoever, or use of any unauthorized electronic or mechanical instrument or gadget, then the person may invite a jail term of 3 years and fine not less than Rs 1 lakh,” as per the bill.

The bill says, “If any person, impersonate or leak or attempt to leak or conspire to leak question paper, procure or solve the question paper in an unauthorized manner, or directly or indirectly assist the examinee in the public examination in an unauthorized manner, shall be punished with a jail term from 5 to 10 years, and fine from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 10 crore,”.

Apart from this, an examinee who has been convicted of an offense under the provision of this Act shall be debarred from taking any public examination for a period of two years.

Seize Of Property

The bill states that “If an officer investigating an offense committed has reason to believe that any movable and immovable property represents proceeds of any offense under this Act, they can seize such property with prior approval of the state government. And where it is not practicable to seize such property, make an order of attachment directing that such property shall not be transferred,”.

It is noteworthy here that all offenses specified under this Act, shall be cognizable, non-bailable, and non–compoundable.

While talking about the reason for bringing such a bill, the government said the state government enacted the Rajasthan Public Examination (Prevention of Unfair means) Act, 1992 to curb irregularities and use of unfair means in public examinations.

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