Following reports of a leaking questionnaire on the December 12 exam for the recruitment of government secretaries, Gujarat Subordinate Services Selection Board (GSSSB) Chairman Asit Vora said on Wednesday that the police initiated an investigation.
He added: “As of now, the police do not have any authentic evidence to suggest that the document was leaked, but if evidence is found, the board will certainly present an FIR.” Vora was speaking to the media after a meeting with the Minister of State for the Home Harsh Sanghavi and senior police officials.
He said the Sanghavi has ensured that the system will take action against those responsible if any wrongdoing is found.
The recruiting examination for 186 vacancies was conducted by the GSSSB on December 12. The next day, the vice chairman of the youth wing of the Gujarat Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Yuvrajsinh Jadeja, alleged that the questionnaire was leaked one night before the exam and was sold for Rs 6-12 lakh in various parts of the state. Jadeja also claimed that he had evidence of the paper leak.
Following the indictment, the Gujarat government and GSSSB faced severe criticism from different quarters.
Vora said: “The recruitment exam was conducted peacefully with more than 88,000 candidates applying. The next day, we received reports of a paper leak through the media. To this day, there are no complaints to the board in this regard. Despite that, due to media reports, the police became active. “
He added: “The Sabarkantha District Police contacted us and we shared a number of details, such as the districts where the examination took place, the number of candidates and the location of the security cameras. Based on the details, the police deployed between 15 and 16 teams in various locations to conduct an investigation. “
Meanwhile, AAP’s youth wing filed a representation at Vora’s office seeking action on the paper leak episode. They also demanded that the candidates involved in the episode be blacklisted and threatened to launch an agitation if the youths do not get justice.