New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Monday said re-examination of SSC Tier II CGL 2017 - either by National Testing Agency (NTA) or the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), is the best way forward to protect the interest of students.
A bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao further said that it was impossible to track out all the candidates who got access to the leaked question paper.
If the SC takes a decision to scrap the SSC CGL Tier II exam which was allegedly leaked leading to a massive protest by job seekers, then about 1.9 lakh candidates may have to re-appear for the test held to fill some 9,372 vacancies.
“We can scrap the exam if you all agree. No investigating agency would find out the beneficiaries with precision. The CBI also says that it will need more time to complete its investigation,” the Supreme Court of India said.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who appeared for the petitioners, agreed with the Apex court's suggestion but Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, opposed saying that "only few students got benefited from the leaked paper". He also said that other students should not suffer because of "just few".
The next hearing in the case will be held on November 13.
The Supreme Court of India had on August 31, 2018 stayed the declaration of results for the 2017 SSC Tier 2 examination saying it appeared from the first look that the entire Staff Selection Commission (SSC) system and SSC CGL 2017 exams were tainted.
The Supreme Court observed that it cannot permit people to benefit from the “tainted” 2017 SSC (Staff Selection Commission) Combined Graduate Level (CGL) and senior secondary level examination and get into service.
“It prima facie appears that the entire SSC system is tainted and entire examinations (2017) are tainted. It can’t be believed that the custodian of the examination paper is himself leaking the paper,” the bench said.
SSC Combined Graduate Level exam has a four-tier system, in which Tier I and Tier II are computer-based, while in Tier III and IV, job applicants take up a descriptive paper and a computer proficiency test or skill test.
SSC CGL Tier 2 exam was held from 17 to 22 February 2018. A total of 1,89,843 candidates had appeared for SSC CGL Tier 2 exam, this year.
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