Govt orders CBI probe into alleged SSC exam scam


NEW DELHI, March 5: The government today ordered a CBI investigation into an alleged ‘Staff Selection Commission’ (SSC) job scam, as was being demanded by students across the country who allege corruption in the recruitment exam.
“We have accepted demands of protesting candidates and have given orders for CBI inquiry, protest should now stop, ” said Union home minister Rajnath Singh, reported ANI.
Candidates who took the SSC exam have alleged that the question paper was leaked and that there was mass cheating in the combined graduate level exam held from February 17 to 21. As many as 190,000 candidates appeared for the SSC exam.
Earlier today, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said he spoke to Union minister Jitendra Singh in Parliament. about instituting a CBI inquiry. He said the minister agreed.
Tharoor urged students to call of their protests. “It is time to acknowledge victory and move on,” the Congress MP tweeted.
The test on February 17 had be to cancelled after alleged malpractices were reported at a Delhi exam centre where paper chits with answers were found in a bathroom. In Bhopal too, the SSC had to cancel the exam after candidates allegedly found that several questions were already marked with answers.
Aspirants have been holding protests outside the SSC’s office at in Delhi for the last six days, demanding a CBI investigation into the matter. Several opposition parties, including the Congress and AAP, as well as BJP members have been demanding an investigation.
The Congress compared this alleged scam to irregularities in Vyapam, another entrance examination, admission & recruitment scam that was unearthed in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in 2013.
“We demand that this scam, which is at the same scale as Vyapam, perhaps even bigger that it, should be probed by the CBI,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in a statement while extending complete support to the agitating students. (Agencies)