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SSC exam scandal: Anna Hazare to join students to protest against examination paper leak; Kejriwal demands CBI probe

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 3 March 2018, 12:45 IST

The aspirants protest against the SSC examination paper leak has gained a lot of momentum from last few days. The students are protesting against the leak of question paper for the combined graduate level exam- SSC CGL tier 2 exam—held for approx. 9,372 vacancies and now the anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare is likely to join the students against the scandal.

From 27, February the students have been protesting outside the Staff Selection Commission(SSC) office at CGO complex in Lodhi Road. The students are demanding for a CBI probe into the alleged paper leak scandal in the examination held from February 17 to 21, 2018.

The SSC has cancelled the exam held on February 21, 2018. The exam will be re-conducted on March 9, 2018, said the commission. Screenshots of the question paper of the exam along with answers were viral on social media.

Taking note of it, the SSC had issued a statement saying, "The commission has received a few screenshots in the afternoon of 23.2.2018 of quantitative ability (paper-1) apparently taken on 21.2.2018 at around 12.30 pm belonging to a candidate namely Sachin Chouhan (roll number 2201281955). These snapshots are being circulated after about 48 hours of completion of the CGLE (Tier-II) Examination, 2017 and appear to be manipulated and would have no significance on the sanctity of the examination. Earlier also, at around 10.15 am on 21.2.2018, the commission received an information that some of the answer keys of paper I, to be held wef 10.30 am on that day of the examination, were being circulated on the social media/e-mails. The commission investigated into the matter and found that the claims were absolutely bogus and baseless."

The non-gazetted staff examination for various central ministries and subordinate departments is conducted by the SSC. Lakhs of aspirants take various examination held by the commission.

SSC chairman Ashim Khurana, in an official statement, later said, "In continuation with the earlier discussions held with the protesting candidates of CGLE 2017, a delegation of the candidates met with the Minister of State, Ministry of Personnel, Pension and Public Grievances... After hearing the delegation, it was directed by the Hon’ble minister that though the paper 1 of 21.2.2018 was cancelled by the SSC on account of technical issues, to inquire into the allegation of leakage of this cancelled paper, the evidence being provided by the candidates be taken on record and if found substantiated, the matter will be referred to CBI for further enquiry."
The statement further said, "Else, the crime branch of Delhi Police which is already seized of the matter upon a referral by the commission, shall complete its inquiry in a time-bound manner and submit its report for further necessary action."
On Friday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal demanded a CBI probe into the alleged 'massive scandal' in an examination conducted by the SCC. "Thousands of aspirants are demanding a CBI inquiry into the SSC exam scam. This issue is related to their future. The central government should immediately accept the aspirants' demand and order a CBI inquiry," the Chief Minister tweeted. 

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First published: 3 March 2018, 12:11 IST