SSC CGL 2017: The Supreme Court today suggested the scrapping of Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Common Graduate Level (CGL) examination that was conducted in 2017. The apex court in its verdict observed that it was not possible to identify and catch all the culprits who got benefited for leak of paper and has passed the order for the scrapping of the examination, asking the central government to respond on the same.
“We had stayed declaration of results for the examinations as there were prima facie material. It is in the interest of students that whole thing is scrapped and held afresh,” the bench said. The court said that even after the CBI probe or investigation by any agency, there was no mechanism by which it can be determined who all were tainted and who all were innocents.
“Sometimes a hard decision has to be taken to send a message to those involved that these kind of activities would not benefit and every thing can be washed off,” it said. The bench said it understands that sincere students have studied night after night but the court cannot allow the beneficiaries of paper leak to get into the system.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for petitioner Shantantu Kumar who had sought cancellation of the examination, said that contract of private company Sify Technologies Pvt Ltd, which had conducted the examination, is now over. Bhushan and advocate Govind Jee said that the court can now order the Staff Selection Commission or any other government agency to conduct the examinations.
The bench said then it may ask the National Testing Agency or the CBSE to conduct the examinations. “We want such agency to conduct the examinations which cannot be approached,” it said. Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the problem happened in only one examination paper, held on February 26, and it was due to some technical snag. He termed the allegations of paper leak as “bald and in general” and opposed the contention for scrapping of entire examinations.
The bench asked Mehta whether he has seen the status report because it says “something else”. Mehta said he has not seen the CBI report as it was filed directly in the court. “It will be better, if you go through the status report of CBI. We cannot give the report to the petitioner side but we can give it to the Centre. You file the reply with respect to the CBI’s report,” the bench said while posting the matter for November 13.
The court observed that it may ask the Centre to cancel the examination and appoint any agency to conduct the examination. On August 31, the apex court had stayed the declaration of results of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Combined Graduate Level (CGL)and Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) Examination held in 2017, in which lakhs of students had appeared, saying it seemed that the entire test and the system was “tainted”. It had the pulled up a law officer, appearing for the CBI for taking a stand ‘different’ from the status report implicating the SSC, officials of private vendor Sify and some students.
– With inputs from PTI
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