All eyes will be on Supreme Court, ahead of hearing on April 24, when the 2017 Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exam paper leak matter would be addressed. The Apex court on Tuesday, April 16,2019, directed the CBI to file a fresh status report on the investigation into SSC CGL paper leak matter. A bench of Justice SA Bobde and SA Nazeer asked the probe agency to file the status report by April 23 and posted the matter for hearing on April 24.
The apex court is hearing a plea which has sought probe into the alleged paper leak of 2017 SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exam and scrapping of the paper which was purportedly leaked. During the brief hearing on Tuesday, advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, told the bench that the court had last time asked CBI to apprise it on the status of probe in the case.
Supreme Court also directed CBI to give a copy of the fresh status report to the council representing the petitioner.
A timeline of the case at glance
Earlier on April 1, the Supreme Court had allowed SSC to declare result of a re-examination of 2017 SSC CGL held last year. It had also set up a high powered committee comprising Nandan Nilekani and computer scientist Vijay P Bhatkar to suggest reforms for conducting of competitive examinations fairly by the government bodies.
The examination papers of the SSC CGL 2017 were allegedly leaked, leading to huge protests from job seekers for several days.
Later, SSC had recommended a CBI probe into the allegations of paper leak.
On August 31 last year, the apex court had stayed the declaration of result of SSC CGL and combined higher secondary level examination, in which lakhs of students had appeared, saying it seemed that the entire test and system was “tainted”.
SSC stands for Staff Selection Commission. SSC is a government body which recruits staffs for various posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India. It also recruits for subordinates offices.