Thursday, December 8, 2022

CBI takes over probe into Arunachalassistant engineer exam paper leak case

The CBI has taken over the investigation into the alleged question paper leak of the assistant engineer exam conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission on August 26 and 27, officials said on Thursday.
The agency has booked Akhilesh Yadav, a teacher at coaching centre Jeju Institute in Itanagar, and unidentified officials of the service commission in the FIR registered on a reference from the state government.
The Arunachal Pradesh Police had registered an FIR on September 10 against Yadav and others in the alleged leakage of the examination paper for assistant engineer (civil) recruitment. This was re-registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in accordance with the laid down procedure.
It was alleged by an aspirant that Yadav was in possession of questions for the examination, disclosing leakage of the paper by him in connivance with Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission officials.
Cabinet seeks removal of APPSC members
The Arunachal Pradesh cabinet Thursday decided to remove all four members of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission for free and fair investigation into the leak of question papers for the examination to assistant engineers’ posts, CMO sources said.
The cabinet meeting, headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, recommended initiating provisions of Article 317 for removal and suspension of four members of the Commission, the sources said.
Taking to Twitter, Khandu said, “The CBI has already reached Itanagar and has registered an FIR. It is now in the process of taking up the case soon for investigation”.
In another post on the micro blogging site, he said “Handed over the recommendation of the cabinet to Hon Governor Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra ji to invoke provisions of Article 317 to remove Members of APPSC.”
He tweeted, “We are determined to take the process of cleansing of APPSC to its logical conclusion in the larger interests of our youths and state … We are firm to retain and restore the sanctity of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC),” Khandu tweeted.
The chief minister added that the state government had from day one made its intentions very clear for overhauling the APPSC.
Sources in the state police department said that a CBI team headed by a joint director level officer arrived here on Tuesday to oversee the APPSC paper leak fiasco.
It came to light on August 29 after a written complaint was received by the police from a candidate of the APPSC AE examination claiming that he suspected that the question paper had been leaked.
Earlier, the police had arrested APPSC deputy secretary-cum-deputy controller of examination Taket Jerang along with ten others involved in the case.
Jerang, who allegedly leaked the paper, has been sent on retirement by the Commission.
APPSC chairman Nipo Nabam resigned on October 14 owning moral responsibility for the omissions and commissions of the Commission’s officer who was responsible for ensuring secrecy and prevention of leakage of question papers.

SourcePTI
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