TSPSC cancels 3 more recruitment tests amid opposition protests over exam paper leak
The Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) cancelled the Group-I preliminary exam and two other tests on Friday amid protests by opposition parties and student groups regarding the alleged leak of a recruitment test’s question paper. In a press release, the Commission stated that the report of the SIT of Hyderabad Police and an internal investigation carried out by the Commission led to the decision to cancel the Group-I exam that was held in October of last year as well as the AEE and DAO tests that were held this year. The release stated that the dates for two additional examinations would be notified shortly. It was decided to hold the Group-I Preliminary Examination once more on June 11.
The Assistant Engineers (AE) exam, which was scheduled to take place on March 5, was reportedly canceled by the Commission on March 15. On March 13, nine individuals, including a TSPSC Assistant Section Officer, two candidates, and a police constable, were arrested on suspicion of stealing and leaking a question paper for the Assistant Engineer (Civil) examination. March 5 marked the day of the exam. Even though he was not selected as the primary defendant in the case, the principal accused had reportedly scored 103 on the Group-I preliminary exam.
The Congress, the BJP, and a variety of student organizations, including ABVP and SFI, have been protesting, calling for a current judge to conduct an investigation and imposing severe punishments on those who leaked the exam papers. Bandi Sanjay Kumar, president of the Telangana BJP and party MP, and other party leaders were today prevented from marching from the Telangana Martyrs Memorial in front of the state Assembly toward the TSPSC office by police.
After being placed in preventive custody, they were eventually released. When they tried to bring a rally to the TSPSC office, Congress youth activists were taken into preventive custody by police. RS Praveen Kumar, a former IPS officer and president of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Telangana unit, started an indefinite fast today to demand a CBI investigation into the paper leak at the party’s office here. The police moved him to his house.
Kumar stated that he would keep the fast at home. Additionally, he demanded that the TSPSC Chariman resign and called for the cancellation of Group-I prelims and other TSPSC examinations held in the previous year. Y S Sharmila, the head of the YSR Telangana party, also demanded an investigation into the paper leak from either the CBI or a sitting judge. Sharmila intended to storm the TSPSC office, but her car was stopped by police near her house. Sharmila stated that she was denied permission to submit a representation at the TSPSC office. State Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao asserted that the BJP appears to have hatched a conspiracy to destroy the lives of innocent youth in response to claims made on social media that one of the accused in the question paper leak case is an activist for the BJP.