Indore : As the Special Task Force (STF) failed to complete its investigation into the state civil service exam-2012 paper leak case within the deadline set by Madhya Pradesh High Court, candidates who had qualified for the interview round of the selection process have no other choice but to move the court again for relief.
They said that they would be filing a contempt petition in the court over the issue.
About 1160 candidates, who had been waiting for the interviews for the past one-and-a-half-year, had heaved a sigh of relief when Jabalpur bench of MPHC on July 22 had directed the STF to complete its probe into the paper leak scam in four months and asked Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) to subsequently decide the fate of the exams within a month after receiving the probe report.
“We have reached square one as the STF failed to complete the probe and the MPPSC is reluctant to decide on the issue until the exact number of candidates benefited by the scam is not known. We have no other option but to move the court again,” two aggrieved candidates said pleading anonymity.
They said that they would be filing a contempt petition in the court over the issue as the STF had failed to comply with the orders of the HC.
It is to be noted that following the orders of the HC, the STF on November 21 had submitted its probe report in the MPPSC that in turn observed that the report was incomplete as STF investigation into the scam is still underway.
In its report, the STF had stated that 12 candidates had received leaked papers of the state civil service preliminary exam-2012 and 11 candidates of the main exam. It further had stated that the number could increase when scam kingpin Bediram and another accused Deepak Kumar are arrested.
This prompted the MPPSC to request the STF to complete the investigation first and then submit the report clearly revealing the number of candidates benefited by the scam.
Around 1,160 candidates had cleared the civil service commission main exam-2012 and qualified for the interview round.
The MPPSC was to conduct interviews from July 30, 2014 but in the first week of July, a gang involved in paper leak cases was busted in Delhi and its members admitted to have leaked the papers of MPPSC-2012 as well. Following the news, the MPPSC had suspended the interviews.
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