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Congress leader Randeep Surjewala calls SSC paper leak 'another Vyapam scam', demands CBI probe

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday dubbed the SSC paper leak scandal as another Vyapam scam and demanded a thorough probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the matter.

File image of Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala. PTI

File image of Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala. PTI

Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said the government should immediately agree to all the demands of the agitating students and order a CBI probe into the paper leak.

In a statement, he said students from across the country were protesting on the streets of Delhi for days to highlight the corruption in the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) recruitment exam.

Surjewala also asked whether the Narendra Modi government at the Centre was “selling” jobs, instead of providing job opportunities to the youth.

The protesters have alleged that the SSC question papers were leaked and that the incident played with the careers of the nine lakh students who took the exam.

Surjewala also questioned the silence of the BJP government over the incident and asked whether the charges levelled by the students that a big recruitment racket was operating in the country were true.

Voicing support to the demands of the protesting students, the Congress leader said the issue was very important as the SSC conducted the employee selection examinations for various ministries of the Government of India and over 10 million students appeared in the recruitment examinations for around 12,000-40,000 government posts.

He alleged that the question papers were leaked in an orchestrated manner and that the price of the aspirants' future was being fixed at Rs 40 lakh to Rs 50 lakh.

“The students want this paper leak scam to be probed by the CBI. We demand that the BJP government accept all of their demands immediately,” Surjewala said.

He added that this was not the first time such a scam had come to light as complaints about irregularities in the SSC recruitment exams had surfaced earlier too.

The Congress leader claimed that the charges of mass cheating, question paper leak and bogus candidates appearing in the examination showed the same modus operandi that was used in the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, which was going on since 2006.

Updated Date: Mar 03, 2018 22:23 PM

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