According to a recent report from Hindustan Times, Delhi Police has contacted Google and WhatsApp for help in solving the ongoing investigation regarding the CBSE board exam paper leak. The police was recently tipped that the leaked papers were circulated in WhatsApp groups which included students, parents, and coaching center tutors from the Delhi-NCR region.

In an attempt to nab the perpetrators, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) from the Delhi Police crime branch has written to WhatsApp headquarters “to revive the deleted chats and messages shared on these groups,” a police officer was quoted saying. The officer further revealed that 35 people, including students, parents and coaching center owners, were questioned in connection with the probe into the leak.

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The SIT has also asked for information regarding the source of the leak and the names of all the beneficiaries who received the leaked papers. The leaked papers were allegedly distributed on 10 WhatsApp groups, with 50 members each. The messages have since been cleared and many of the groups have been deleted. “A team of cyber cell is also examining personal laptops and emails of these WhatsApp group admins and other suspects,” the officer added.

The police have also written to Google headquarters to get more information about the email address that had first revealed the paper leak to CBSE chairman Anita Karwal on March 28. The mail also included 12 images of hand written copies of the leaked Class 10 mathematics paper. “If the sender of the mail is tracked, he can head us to crack the entire nexus and chain behind the paper leak,” the officer said.

It’s worth noting that WhatsApp messages are encrypted end-to-end and can only be read by the recipient. Additionally, WhatsApp doesn’t store any messages on its servers and as soon as the messages are delivered to the receiver they’re deleted from the servers.