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Paper leak issue rocks MP assembly, Cong stages walkout

bhopal Updated: Jul 28, 2016 20:12 IST

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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Congress MLAs demonstrating on the issue of paper leak in MPPSC exam at the state assembly in Bhopal on Thursday. (Praveen Bajpai/HT photo)

The issue of MPPSC question paper leak in 2012 and 2013 rocked the Madhya Pradesh assembly on Thursday, with the Congress staging a walkout alleging that the state government was playing with the future of the students by not cancelling the state administrative service examination.

Question paper for the 2012 state civil services prelims examination conducted by Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) in February, 2013 was leaked to 12 candidates in just three days before the exam.

Question papers of at least nine subjects, including sociology, public administration and general studies, were also leaked a few days before the MPPSC 2012 state civil services mains examination was conducted in October, 2013.

The issue was raised by Congress MLAs Ram Niwas Rawat and Mahendra Singh Kalukheda during the call attention motion.

Rawat said the paper of the Ayurvedic health officer examination 2013 was also leaked and the state’s Special Task Force filed two criminal cases in 2014 regarding all the paper leaks.

He said based on the STF’s report, it was found that these examinations had been compromised and accordingly, Ayurvedic officer examination 2013 was cancelled.

“But the state administrative service examination conducted by the state public service commission in 2012-13 was not cancelled despite the STF’s report. On the contrary, the state government went ahead with the interviews. The state has done a great disservice towards the youth of the state and played with their future,” Rawat said.

He said the state government should have cancelled the examination and later when candidates approached the High Court, taken the matter to the Supreme Court.

However, minister of state for general administration Lal Singh Arya said the state government won’t approach the Supreme Court on the issue.

He said when the government came to know about the paper leaks, it immediately stopped the interviews. “But the aspirants went to the high court, which directed the state government in May to conduct the interviews within three months with the undertaking that if some aspirant was found to have indulged in the malpractice, his candidature will be cancelled. So, accordingly, we went ahead with the interviews,” Arya said.

The Congress MLAs were not satisfied with the reply. Mahendra Singh Kalukheda said the state government was sheltering those who benefitted from the paper leak and those who leaked the paper.

Arya said those found guilty of having indulged in the malpractice would be shunted out and the prime accused in the case and inter-state impersonation racket kingpin Bedi Ram Jatav, along with 23 others, had been arrested.

Congress MLAs, however, continued asking why the examination was not cancelled and why the government did not approach the SC. Amid noisy scenes, the Congress MLAs y staged a walkout while shouting slogans against the state government.