The question paper of Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services (PCS) preliminary examination was on Sunday leaked just before the start of the examination, prompting Opposition parties to demand CBI probe and dismissal of the UP Public Service Commission (UPPSC) chairperson.
"The paper was leaked at about 9.15am on WhatsApp messenger before start of the examination. It has matched with the original paper of PCS preliminary. We have informed the chief minister and chief secretary in this regard," director general of police (DGP) AK Jain told reporters.
He said police has got initial leads in the case.
"STF teams are working on it and we will soon work out the paper leak," Jain said.
In Lucknow, the PCS prelim was held in 148 centres and over 70,000 candidates appeared in it.
Throughout the state 4.5 lakh candidates appeared in 917 centres.
The PCS preliminary examination was being held across the state. The first shift was from 9.30am to 11.30am and second shift from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
Lucknow district Magistrate, Lucknow, Rajshekhar said the examination was held as per schedule in both the shifts.
"The paper in the second shift was held as per schedule just like the first shift. As far as paper leakage is concerned, STF is probing the matter," he said.
Taking serious note of the matter, BJP demanded CBI probe and dismissal of UPPSC Chairman Anil Yadav, holding him responsible.
"The paper leak incident should be probe by CBI and UPPSC chairman Anil Yadav should be immediately dismissed. He was involved in anomalies in PCS last year too. The leakage of PCS paper is not a trivial incident as fate of thousand of students depended on it," BJP spokesperson Manoj Mishra said.
He alleged that during SP regime, all recruitments were unfair and demanded that entire recruitment after April 2, 2013 should be probed after Anil Yadav became chairman.
Congress leader Akhilesh Pratap Singh too demanded a thorough probe into the paper leakage.
"Those involved in paper leak should be brought to book and the entire process of examinations should be made fool proof so that such incidents could be avoided in future," he said.