Protests continued for the fifth consfecutive day near Lodhi Road in Delhi on Saturday , as Staff Selection (SSC) aspirants alleged a scam in the examination, stemming from the leak of question paper that had surfaced in February.
Several students have reportedly camped out in Lodhi road, sleeping on the pavements to mark their protest.
The examinations were held for the Complete Graduation Level (CGL) aspirants between 17 and 2 February, but on 21 February, the examination was delayed with the concerned authorities stating that the ‘inconvenience’ was due to ‘incomplete downloading of data’, reported Scroll.in.
Following this, the SSC, on its website, cancelled 21 February’s examination, rescheduling it to 9 March.
However, students have alleged mass leaking of the question paper, after screenshots of the paper were circulated on social media, demanding that a CBI inquiry be conducted into the incident.
The SSC conducts examinations to recruit non-gazetted staff for central ministries and other institutions.
Student groups such as the AISA and the NSUI have come out in support of the protestors, backing their cause for a CBI probe into the incident.
The NSUI, in a statement, said:
The students have been protesting at the CGO complex for the past week, but neither the government nor its representatives have bothered to reach out to them and hear out their concerns. The students have pointed out several discrepancies in the entire SSC CGL 2017 examination.
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Meanwhile, Scroll.in reported that the SSC chairman Ashish Khurana claimed that the protests and the theories of the alleged leak were being instigated by two coaching centres that had ‘vested interests’.
The protesting students were reportedly given till Thursday evening to submit evidence backing their claims of a leak before a panel, after which it was to be decided if a CBI probe was needed or not.
Several politicians, including Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, and MP Shashi Tharoor have questioned the government’s inaction on the issue, likening it to Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam Scam.