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SSC exam scam: Govt accepts protesting candidates' demand for CBI probe, SC to hear plea on March 12

Aspirants have been holding protests outside the SSC's office at CGO Complex in New Delhi for the last six days, demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into the matter.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: March 05, 2018 13:09 IST ]
Rajnath Singh

The Union government on Monday accepted the demand for a CBI inquiry into the alleged SSC question paper leak, irregularities and mass cheating of the examination held between February 17 to February 21.

“We have accepted demands of protesting candidates and have given orders for a CBI inquiry, protests should now stop,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.

He also added that the government will not allow any injustice to be made to the students.

Aspirants have been holding protests outside the SSC's office at CGO Complex in New Delhi for the last six days, demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into the matter.

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

Shashi Tharoor said he spoke with the minister in Parliament over the issue.

"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," Tharoor tweeted.

"I now urge the protesting students, whom I have supported all the way, to call off their agitation. It is time to acknowledge victory &move on," he added.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has also agreed to hear a plea seeking an investigation into the alleged SSC exam paper leak on March 12, according to news agency ANI.

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.

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