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SSC Paper Leak Scandal: CBI to investigate if evidence provided by candidates is found substantiated

Students have gathered from across the country outside the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) headquarters in Delhi to protest against the alleged paper leak in the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Tier-2 examinations. Calling the SSC examination a “mass-cheating” scam, the students have demanded a CBI investigation into the matter. The students have been protesting since the 27th of the previous month over the exams held between 17th to 21st February.

Opposition leaders have started calling it another Vyapam Scam. RS Surjewala of the Indian National Congress questioned the Prime Minister’s silence on the matter and likened it to the Vyapam Scam. Shashi Tharoor also tweeted his support to the protesting aspirants and the necessity of maintaining the faith of the students on competitive exams.

Anna Hazare also found himself amidst the protesters. Delhi BJP Chief, Manoj Tiwari also met the protesters. He spent an hour with the students listening to their grievances. He also met with Rajnath Singh and discussed the concerns of the students with him. He assured the students that appropriate investigation will be conducted into the mater.

In an official statement, the SSC chairman assured of a CBI investigation into the matter if the evidence provided by candidates were found substantiated. The Chairman, Ashim Khurana, 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 also 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.”

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