Job scam: Bihar staff selection chief held

BSSC chairman Sudhir Kumar

Earlier, around six persons have been arrested, taking the number of arrests so far to 24, in the alleged question leak of the intermediate-level clerical grade examination, conducted at the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC). The State IAS body protested Mr. Kumar's arrest while the Opposition parties demanded a CBI probe into the scam.

While Kumar was sent to the Phulwari jail, his relatives were sent to Beur jail in Patna, as per police reports.

The SIT also arrested four of his relatives suspected to be involved in the case.SIT chief Manu Maharaj said, "We have arrested senior IAS officer Sudhir Kumar". But SIT inquiries exposed the IIT-Delhi professor didn't set questions, said by police officer.

Kumar had told reporters, soon after the scam was unearthed, that nearly all the appointments in state government, exams of which was conducted by BSSC, were done through favouritism and recommendation. Many of those arrested are candidates who had paid - according to one account, between 2 to 5 lakh rupees - for the question paper.

Allegedly, a set of handwritten answers to questions for a test conducted by BSSC surfaced in public domain hours before the examinations scheduled early this year.

Asked who between the commission chairman and the secretary was kingpin of the leak, he said: "The BSSC Chairman controls the overall functioning of the commission, and hence his role is very much under the cloud".

Secretary of the Bihar branch of the IAS Officers' Association, Vivek Singh, has expressed the officers' concerns to the Bihar Chief Secretary and also sought time from the Chief Minister.

The release said the Association has "decided to bear all legal and other expenses on his behalf".

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