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JPSC row: BJP demands CBI probe

Ranchi: Jharkhand BJP has demanded CBI probe or investigation by a sitting high court judge in connection to the alleged irregularities centered around the recently published preliminary test results of the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) held 7 to 10 civil services in September. The results ran into controversy ever since it was declared on November 2. More than 3.5 lakh students took the exam for 252 vacancies. While JPSC responded to the allegations November 25 after publishing the cut-off marks, BJP is unhappy and is demanding cancellation of the exams.

Addressing a press meet on Sunday, BJP state president Deepak Prakash said, “The recently exam was conducted in violation of rules and without any transparency. We demand state government to either order CBI probe or a sitting high court judge must investigate it. The JPSC chairman (Amitabh Choudhary) should also be removed.”

Alleging further, Prakash said, “As per JPSC, cut off marks for BC-2 category students was 252. But many students who scored 230 in this category got declared pass in merit list. In response to a question over passing of candidates with serial wise roll numbers in some places, it said it was due to unavoidable circumstances.”

BJP also lashed Soren government for trying to use force to intimidate job seekers. “Police lathicharged on students on November 23 who were protesting peacefully all these weeks. They were called by JPSC for talks and when they were proceeding for it, they were beaten by police. BJP leaders too were attacked but we will continue to fight till students get justice. BJP doesn’t fear fake FIRs as 317 such cases have been slapped by this government on our workers so far,” he said.