SSC Scam: Protests Should Stop, Demands Have Been Accepted & CBI Inquiry Ordered, Says Rajnath Singh

| March 5 , 2018 , 12:55 IST

Following massive protests by students, an intervention by social activist Anna Hazare and pressure from political parties such as the Congress and BJP, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) on Sunday agreed to recommend a CBI inquiry into the paper leak of its exam held on February 21.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday stated that the demands of the protesting candidates had been accepted and a CBI inquiry has been ordered, and so the protests should stop. 

"We have accepted demands of protesting candidates and have given orders for CBI inquiry, protest should now stop," Singh said on the alleged SSC Exam Scam.

Protests by thousands of SSC aspirants outside the CGO Complex where the headquarters of SSC is located began from February 27, demanding a CBI inquiry the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Tier II test alleging irregularities and mass cheating.

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The Congress on March 1, termed the SSC paper leak as a scam, similar to the 2013 entrance exam/recruitment Vyapam scam and demanded a thorough probe by the CBI into the incident.

Activist Anna Hazare wrote a letter directly to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the alleged SSC scam and the difficulties faced by the youth who had been genuinely preparing for the exams. Hazare also met with the protesting students personally on Sunday and seconded their demand for a CBI probe.  

BJP Delhi Chief Manoj Tiwari, along with protesting students met with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to appraise him on the concerns of the protesting SSC aspirants, and handed over a memorandum to SSC chairman Ashim Khurana demanding a CBI inquiry into the paper leaks.

Ashim Khurana confirmed in a statement that the commission had agreed to recommend a CBI probe.

"The commission agreed recommending to the Department of Personnel and Training to request the government to conduct a CBI enquiry into the allegations of leak of questions of Paper-I on February 21, and other related issues," the statement said.