Gujarat cancels head clerk exam after paper leak

The Gujarat government canceled the examination to recruit office heads on Tuesday after the document was leaked on December 12.

The Police have presented an FIR and detained eight people for their alleged participation in the leak of the examination sheet in which 88,000 people had undergone the test for 186 vacancies.

The examination was conducted by the Gujarat Subordinate Services Selection Board (GSSSB).

The Minister of State (Home), Harsh Sanghavi, said that the new examination would take place next year. He said eight people had been arrested in the case.

The leak of the exam paper sparked a major controversy that pushed the BJP government to the rear when the opposition Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party launched a statewide upheaval.

A day after more than 88,000 candidates took the December 12 exam, both the AAP and Congressional leaders claimed they had evidence that the questionnaire was leaked the night before the exam and was sold for ₹ 6 lakh-12 lakh. in various parts of the state.

The government had initially maintained that it had not received any concrete evidence about the leak. Later, the North Gujarat police filed an FIR and arrested eight people who allegedly had obtained the examination of a staff member of an Ahmedabad printing company hired by the recruitment agency.

The GSSSB is a state government agency mandated to recruit government personnel for subordinate services. It is headed by Asit Vora, former mayor of Ahmedabad and leader of the BJP.

“Those who have bought the filtered paper will also be detained. We will ask the legal department to make sure the case is tried in a fast track court, ”Mr. Sanghavi told the media in Gandhinagar.

He said that the decision to retest was made by the Chief Minister in consultation with the board and police officers.

“All those who have applied this year will be eligible to sit for the exam,” he added.

However, the state government remains uncommitted to the resignation of the chairman of the board, Mr. Vora, during whose tenure the document was also previously leaked.

Cong. probe demand

On Tuesday, a delegation of Congressional leaders met with the Chief Minister to demand an investigation by a Superior Court judge on the matter.

On Monday, around 500 AAP members gathered at the BJP state headquarters for a protest. Subsequently, top AAP leaders in the state were arrested for allegedly creating a ruckus in the BJP office.

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