New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the declaration of results for the 2017 examination held for selection of staff for govt departments and ministries, saying it appeared from the first look that the entire test was tainted.

The top court observed that it cannot permit people to benefit from ‘tainted’ 2017 SSC (Staff Selection Commission) Combined Graduate Level and senior secondary level examination. A bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao stayed the declaration of the results after perusing a status report of the CBI in which aspersions have been cast on several SSC officials and the custodian of the examination paper. “It prima facie appears that the entire SSC system is tainted and entire exams (2017) are tainted. It can’t be believed that the custodian of the examination paper is himself leaking the paper,” the bench said.

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