Gujarat Subordinate Service Selection Board (GSSSB) Examination to Recruit 186 Senior Secretaries was canceled this week after the quiz was leaked one day before the exam on December 12th. All 88,000 candidates would have to take the exam again in March next year. Notably, this is the eighth major leak of question documents in the state.
The leak was discovered when Yuvrajsinh Jadeja, vice president of the youth wing of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) in Gujarat, claimed to have evidence that the questionnaire was leaked the night before the exam and was sold in different parts of the state.
Subsequently, AR Vora, chairman of GSSSB, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former mayor of Ahmedabad, denied the leak. “We still do not have any credible and authentic evidence to establish that the paper was leaked,” he told the media.
Vora’s denial sparked protests from both Congress and the AAP that forced the state government to launch an investigation into the matter. “The examination was carried out in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and Jamnagar in a transparent manner. The Board has yet to receive any complaints regarding a leak. Between 15 and 18 police teams are conducting an investigation. If any evidence is found, strict action will be taken against those involved, ”Vora said.
Five days later, on December 17, the The Gujarat government admitted that the question document was leaked, and a first information report (FIR) was filed against 11 individuals at the Sabarkantha district Prantij police station and eight of the defendants were arrested under Sections 420 (cheating), 409 (breach of trust criminal) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
“Twenty-four police teams from the Sabarkantha and Gandhinagar police have been formed to detect the crime and ensure that the accused do not flee, ”State Interior Minister Harsh Sanghavi told the media.
According to the FIR, a Jayesh Patel had seized the question paper and, together with the other defendant, sold it to the candidates for 10 lakh rupees-15 lakh rupees.
Sixteen The candidates who had received the questionnaire were subsequently divided into three groups and taken to three different locations near Prantij on December 11 to solve it. On the day of the examination, the defendants arranged transportation to drop off these candidates at their respective examination centers, according to the FIR.
Gujarat police are also investigating the role of another co-defendant, Mudresh Purohit, owner of Surya Press, an Ahmedabad-based printing company where the question paper was printed. “We are investigating Mudresh Purohit’s record to find out if he was involved in other crimes,” Ashish Bhatia, Director General of Gujarat Police, told a news conference.
Purohit, a businessman with close ties to the BJP, received an advance bond from the Gujarat High Court on December 22. The court also requested a response from the state government and asked it not to take any enforcement action against Purohit until the next hearing.
In 2014, Gujarat Public Utilities Commission Exam Questions Document for Hiring Director General was leaked.
In 2015, Gujarat Panchayat Bharti Board Questions Document for Talatis recruitment leaked. And in 2016, the Talatis recruitment exam questionnaire was leaked in Gandhinagar and Surendranagar.
In 2018, question papers for four major recruitment exams were leaked: Teachers Aptitude, Mukhya Sevika, Nayab Chitnis, and Lok Rakshak Dal.
The Lok Rakshak Dal exam questionnaire, for the recruitment of 9,713 unarmed officers, was leaked one hour before the exam. More than 8.7 lakhs of candidates from across the state who showed up for the exam were stranded at 283 centers. The exam was rescheduled for January 2019 and several defendants, including two BJP members from Gujarat and their associates from Delhi and Haryana, were arrested.
In 2019, the document of questions for the exam to hire non-Secretariat employees was leaked. Interestingly, the question paper was printed by Purohit-owned Surya Offset, while Vora was the chairman of the board.
Both the AAP and Congress have demanded Vora’s resignation, actions against him, and a fair investigation. While Congress organized a mock ‘Assembly’ in Gandhinagar as a sign of protest, AAP members stormed the BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar after Vora denied the leak accusation.
The AAP protest led to the arrest of 93 party members, including the chairman of the state party, Gopal Italiya. All arrested AAP members face charges under 22 sections of the IPC, including criminal conspiracy, sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897, and the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act of 1984. Additionally, 65 Male AAP members who were arrested face charges of sexual harassment charges. The AAP leaders are on an indefinite fast for the past two days.