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SSC paper leak: Govt agrees to CBI probe; Tharoor thanks MoS Jitendra Singh for listening to demands with 'open mind'

New Delhi: Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh, on Monday, agreed to a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged question paper leak, irregularities and mass cheating in the combined graduate level exam of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) held from 17 to 21 February.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said he spoke with the minister in Parliament over the issue. "Spoke to (Jitendra Singh) in Parliament today. He has agreed to a CBI inquiry on all the issues raised by the students protesting the SSC-CGL Mains papers 'leak, conduct of exams'. I thank him for his willingness to listen to these legitimate demands (with) an open mind," Tharoor tweeted.

File image of Shashi Tharoor. AFP

File image of Shashi Tharoor. AFP

The SSC, which conducts examination for subordinate services, on Sunday, said it would recommend a CBI inquiry into the allegations. Nearly 190,000 candidates appeared for SSC CGL Tier II exam. The examination on 17 February had be to cancelled after malpractices were reported at a Delhi exam centre, where paper chits with answers were found in a toilet.

In Bhopal also, the SSC had to cancel the exam after candidates discovered that several questions were already marked with answers.

Aspirants have been holding protests outside the SSC's office at CGO Complex in New Delhi for the last six days, demanding a CBI investigation into the matter.

The Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP have come out in support of the candidates.

Updated Date: Mar 05, 2018 14:10 PM

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