The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will look into the alleged leaking of the answer key of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exam. The government ordered the probe on Monday following several protests.

Every year, the SSC recruits thousands of candidates for government #jobs. This includes recruitment of clerks, data entry operators, postal staff, police inspectors, staff for CBI and other nodal agencies.

Candidates who score well in this exam are selected for these positions within the government. According to reports, the answer key for this exam was leaked to the rich and influential. Last month, the answer paper was leaked on Facebook and other social media outlets.

Several candidates opined this goes against the meritocratic model and took to the streets to protest. They demanded a CBI investigation into the functioning of all SSC #exams. They also demanded that all exams conducted by SSC be put on hold. The students said that they will closely observe if their elected leaders raise this concern in the parliament.

According to Ashim Khurana, the chairperson of SSC, there was no leakage.

This has infuriated many students and activists who took to Twitter to express their disdain.

Some activists pointed out that the government is playing its usual tricks on its people by trying to dilute the movement and mislead the students into calling off the protests. "CGL is just the tip of the iceberg! There is a mafia [and] nexus of bureaucrats/politicians/dalaals behind the organized crime of leaking papers and corruption in government recruitments.

So, we need an "independent investigation into the complete functioning of ALL SSC EXAMS!" tweeted activist Anupam.

Although the government has ordered a CBI probe, the extent of the investigation is not clear. Yogendra Yadav, national president of the Swaraj #India Party, said: "Govt order needs to be made public so that we know: What is the scope of the probe? [Is it] limited only to CGL or covers all exams and all forms of irregularities? Is the inquiry time bound? Will the SSC continue to hold exams with its dubious practices when the probe is on?"

Shashi Tharoor, MP for Thiruvananthapuram, said that he spoke to Union Minister Jitendra Singh, who has agreed to a CBI inquiry on all the issues raised by the students protesting the SSC-CGL mains papers (leak, the conduct of exams, etc).

"I now urge the protesting students, whom I have supported all the way, to call off their agitation. It is time to acknowledge victory and move on. I trust the word of Dr Jitendra Singh who has approached the issue constructively throughout. He acted on my tweets, calls & personal emails even on a Sunday. If he tells me a CBI inquiry has been ordered, that's good enough for me. Protestors should know when they have won," Tharoor stated in a tweet.

What former SCC chair says

On Sunday evening, former SSC chairman Kannan Raghupathy took to Facebook to share his views on the scam and the protest. "I presume that the protest against SSC continues for the following reasons:

  • While the Modified Notice talks about referring the issue of CBI investigation, the protesters want Gov't s order on [an] investigation or at least Govt assurance in writing, as far as CGL 2017 Tier II is concerned.
  • The protesters want an investigation into other examinations conducted in 2017.
  • Postponement of the examinations scheduled in March 2017 as no meaningful conduct by the present vendor will be possible when their conduct of the examination(s) by them so far will be enquired into.
  • Normalisation in all multiple session examinations.
  • Establishment of a quick grievance redressal mechanism.

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