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Remove MPPSC chairman: Cong

CONGRESS ON Wednesday demanded that Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) chairman Prof Pradeep Joshi resign over State Civil Services preliminary examination question paper leak.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 15:11 IST

CONGRESS ON Wednesday demanded that Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) chairman Prof Pradeep Joshi resign over State Civil Services preliminary examination question paper leak.

Talking to newsmen, State Congress spokesman Manak Agrawal alleged Joshi leaked the general knowledge paper to candidates belonging to the RSS.

Out of 75 questions, 40 were picked from the June, 2006 issue of ‘Pratiyogita Darpan’, a Hindi magazine published from Agra, and the rest from the 2003 civil judge examination conducted by the Chhattisgarh PSC.

The exercise was so casual that a question incorrectly printed in ‘Pratiyogita Darpan’ was carried in the PSC examination as it is, Agrawal said. 

Alleging that the ‘RSS man’ had destroyed the sanctity and confidentiality of exams conducted by the commission, he said he talked to Joshi over the phone about the lifting of questions from the magazine, but he declined to own up responsibility for the ‘lapse’.

Joshi said in his defence that the papers were set six months ago while he took charge as chairman only a couple of months back, Agrawal said.

Agrawal, however added that Joshi cannot escape responsibility for such a glaring lapse. He should have ordered cancellation of the examination and withheld payment to people, who set the paper.

The MPPSC lapse is all the more glaring because the general knowledge paper scheduled for August 20 was cancelled after it was leaked. Then on September 24 when the examination did take place, the paper had been designed in a manner that it could be easily ‘leaked’ to candidates of PSC’s choice.

He alleged that 40 questions coming from ‘Pratiyogita Darpan’ and rest from Chhattisgarh PSC’s civil judge examination paper could not be a coincidence. 

Agrawal alleged that Joshi, a close relative of senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, had been appointed PSC Chairman to help the BJP Government in Madhya Pradesh in its design to ‘saffronise’ civil services.

Agrawal said the Congress would move court if the general knowledge examination was not cancelled and Joshi was not removed from the PSC.