Published: 14th January 2023
Life imprisonment for using unfair means in exams? This is what Uttarakhand is planning
CS Sandhu said the recruitment examination for accountants will now be held afresh. Candidates who had applied for the exam earlier do not need to apply for it again
On Friday, January 13, Chief Secretary SS Sandhu said that the decision to bring a stricter law to prevent the use of unfair means was taken at a cabinet meeting. "The new law will make a provision for a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for those found guilty of using unfair means in examinations besides confiscation of their property earned through the practice," he told reporters.
Considering frequent paper leak cases in Uttarakhand, the state has taken this decision to curb the use of unfair means in exams. And this move was introduced on Friday after five persons, including a section officer in the Uttarakhand Public Service Commission, were arrested here (here where?) on Thursday, January 12 for allegedly leaking the question papers of examinations held on Sunday for the recruitment of accountants and patwaris, as stated in a report by The New Indian Express.
Further giving clarification about the exam, Sandhu said the recruitment examination for accountants will now be held afresh. Candidates who had applied for the exam earlier do not need to apply for it again. They do not have to deposit any fees for it or buy tickets for travelling to the examination centres in Uttarakhand Roadways buses. Their admit cards will serve as tickets, he said.
Which incident prompted this action?
On Thursday, January 12, the Special Task Force arrested five persons including section officer Danjov Chaturvedi and his wife Ritu, for leaking the question paper of the recruitment examination for accountants and patwaris and then selling it to at least 35 candidates a day before the examination, Superintendent of Police (STF) Ayush Agrawal said.
Over 50,000 candidates appeared for the exam held last Sunday for 563 vacancies. Irregularities have surfaced already in three recruitment examinations held by the Uttarakhand Subordinate Services Selection Commission last year, as stated in a report by The New Indian Express.