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Staff Selection Commission paper leak case: Supreme Court to hear plea seeking probe into alleged scam on 12 March

In a latest development in the Staff Selection  Commission paper leak case, the Supreme Court on Monday decided to hear a plea demanding Central Bureau of Investigation to probe into the alleged scam on 12 March. "CBI order has been issued in the SSC paper leak issue...detailed probe will be conducted in this matter," Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was quoted as saying by India Today.

Students have been protesting outside the SSC office at CGO complex in New Delhi since 27 February, seeking a CBI probe into the alleged paper leak in the Combined Graduate-Level (CGL) exam. The SSC conducts examinations for recruitment to lower categories of posts in the central government.

File image of Supreme Court. Reuters

File image of Supreme Court. Reuters

Earlier, the SSC, which conducts the examination for subordinate services, on Sunday, decided to recommend a CBI inquiry into the alleged paper leak in one of its tests, which was held on 21 February.

Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh also agreed to a CBI probe into the alleged question paper leak, irregularities and mass cheating in the combined graduate level exam of the SSC. "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," Shashi Tharoor tweeted.

In a statement, SSC chairman Ashim Khurana said that a delegation of candidates, who were protesting against the alleged paper leaks, met him along with BJP Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari and handed over a memorandum. They demanded a CBI enquiry into the allegations of leak of questions of the CGL (Tier-II)  Examination 2017 held from 17 to 22 February.

"The commission agreed to recommend to the Department of Personnel and Training to request the government to conduct a CBI enquiry into the allegations of leak of questions of Paper-I on 21 February, and other related issues," the statement said.

Tiwari, who led a delegation of SSC aspirants, urged the home minister to look into the allegations of irregularities and mass cheating in the Combined Graduate Level-Test Tier II examination held in February.

The home minister assured the delegation that the government would not allow any injustice and order an appropriate inquiry in the matter, said a statement issued by the Delhi BJP unit. Earlier Tiwari, along with the protesting students, met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him of the concerns raised by the protesting SSC aspirants.

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 found out that several questions were already marked with answers.

Aspirants have been holding protests outside the SSC's office at CGO Complex here for the last six days, demanding a CBI investigation into the matter. The Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP have come out in support of the candidates.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Mar 05, 2018 14:21 PM

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