After week-long protests by shocked Staff Selection Commission (SSC) aspirants over leak of examination papers, the government has given in to the demands of an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh according to various media reports said, “We have accepted demands of protesting candidates and have given orders for CBI inquiry, protest should now stop.” Notably, the Supreme Court had decided to take a call on the issue on March 12.
The SSC Chairman Ashim Khurana in a statement said : “The Commission after having heard the delegation agreed for recommending to the Department of Personnel and Training to request the Government to conduct a CBI enquiry into all the allegations pertaining to conduct of CGL (Tier-II) Examination 2017 held from February 17 to February 22, 2018 including alleged leakage of questions, if any, alleged deficiencies observed in the conduct of the examinations by the service provider, if any, and other related issues.
“It was also agreed that all evidences of examination related malpractices submitted by the protesting candidates, including the screenshots of the questions taken during the examination from February 17 to February 22, 2018, will be handed over to the CBI for enquiry,” read the Chairman’s note.
According to reports, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had raised the issue earlier with MOS in PMO Jitendra Singh who had promised him of action . Tharoor later on urged the students to call of the protests now that the Centre has agreed for CBI probe. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and social activist Anna Hazare too had expressed concern over the leak.