In connection with the SSC CGL 2017 paper leak, CBI has filed an FIR against 17 including 10 Sify employees.
24 May 2018: In a recent development in the SSC CGL paper leak matter, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a First Information Report (FIR) against 17 persons including 10 employees of Sify Technologies Private Limited as informed by the officials on Wednesday.
CBI carried searches at 12 locations which include 4 offices of Sify Technologies Pvt. Ltd. in Mumbai, Chennai, Noida, and Okhla, New Delhi. The team also searched the residence of one of the Sify employees, Sant Prasad Gupta in Sheikh Sarai area of New Delhi. The search operation was also conducted at seven examination labs in Shimla, Patna, Jaipur, and Ambala and three places in Delhi.
The FIR also mentions the names of seven students who had taken the examination on the basis of allegedly leaked question paper. These students have been accused and their involvement would be decided during the investigation.
Sify Technologies Pvt. Ltd. got the contract for conducting the online CGL examination on 12 April 2016.
It was alleged that the SSC CGL Tier II 2017 question paper and its answer key were leaked and made viral on the social media before the examination. The examination took place on 21 February 2018.
The SSC CGL Tier I 2017 took place in August 2017, and the candidates who cleared the cut-off were declared qualified for the Tier II of the examination. Tier II was scheduled to be held from 17 to 22 February 2018.
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It was found that the question paper was uploaded between 9.30 AM and 10 AM by the central examination back-end team of Sify in Chennai. The question pack activation passwords were sent to the site supervisors. Then, venue-specific question papers were downloaded and activated through the examination interface.
The FIR states that the Sify officials were required to take charge of the examination centres 5 days before the exam. They were responsible for ensuring that none of the computers are used for examination has any undesirable software.
The FIR also states, “These screenshots also shows the use of remote access software for solving the question papers. This fact shows that the above candidates used remote access software for solving their question papers by means of outside help from unknown persons.”
The enquiry into answer key leak revealed that the answer key was shared on social media at 10.10 AM on the day of examination while the exam was to begin at 10:30 AM.
FIR further alleged, “Enquiry further revealed that Sant Prasad Gupta being head of the content team of M/s Sify got prepared the question papers of CGL examination, 2017 and he was the custodian of said question papers. The above facts and circumstances reveal his involvement in the leakage of above papers,”
The FIR further states that the unidentified SSC officials who were supposed to supervise the fair conduct of examination have misused their official positions which resulted in the above illegal act.
More than 30 lakh candidates have applied for approximately 8000 vacancies in Group B and C services in the Central Government to be recruited through the SSC CGL 2017 exam. Out of these, 1.5 lakh candidates were short-listed for Tier II examination.