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UPPCS question paper ‘leaked’ on WhatsApp, STF begins probe

Sources said they came to know about the leak after copies of the question paper were found circulating on WhatsApp.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow/allahabad |
Updated: March 30, 2015 8:23:07 am
UPPCS examinees come out from a centre, in Lucknow on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Pramod Adhikari) UPPCS examinees come out from a centre, in Lucknow on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Pramod Adhikari)

A question paper of Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services’ preliminary examination was allegedly leaked on WhatsApp a few minutes before the examination was to start on Sunday morning.

DGP Arvind Kumar Jain told reporters that when police matched the original paper with the one circulated on WhatsApp, they were found similar. “I have informed the Chief Minister and chief secretary about it. STF is probing the matter and we will soon arrest the culprits,” Jain said.

STF officials believe that the question paper was leaked before the examination’s scheduled time. Sources said they came to know about the leak after copies of the question paper were found circulating on WhatsApp.

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“We have formed ten teams to crack the case,” said STF IG Sujeet Pandey. A total of 4,43,079 candidates were to appear in the examinations, but attendance was only 60 per cent.

Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said, “We have not received any order for cancellation of the examination that took place today. The probe is being conducted and future decision about the examination’s status would be taken based on the final investigation report”.

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission secretary Rizwan-ul-Rehman said they had not received any complaints regarding a leak. “As far as we are concerned, the examinations have been carried out peacefully and without any disruption. We had a good attendance across 20 cities. We do not have any official complaint about any leak.

As is being reported, the police are investigating some charges regarding somebody tinkering with the paper on WhatsApp. If they file a report and inform the Commission, we will take it up for consideration”.

Meanwhile, BJP’s state unit has demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter. Party’s state spokesperson Manoj Mishra also demanded that UPPSC chairman Anil Yadav should be dismissed with immediate effect because the commission, he alleged, has conducted no recruitment examination fairly since Samajwadi Party (SP) came to the power. Mishra also said there are allegations of corruption against UPPSC chairman and secretary.

Congress state president Nirmal Khatri, too, demanded a CBI probe and said there should be proper investigation into the role of officials. “Strict action must be taken against officials to avoid such incidents in the future. Otherwise the sanctity of the examination would be lost,” he said.

Meanwhile, as information about the leak spread, reports of protests by candidates in several districts including Lucknow were received. “Some candidates had gathered outside UPPSC office here and raised slogans but no untoward incident was reported” said Shyam Babu Shukla, SHO Aliganj, where the commission’s office is situated.

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