STF to probe SI recruitment exam leak – OTHER STATES

Online examinations for recruitment of police sub-inspectors in Uttar Pradesh were cancelled on Tuesday after the question papers were allegedly leaked. Director-General of Police Sulkhan Singh directed the Special Task Force to probe the lapse. The STF lodged an FIR at the cyber crime police station here under Section 66 of the Information Technology Act and relevant clauses of the UP Pariksha Adhiniyam or Examinations Act.

Expert teams have also been instructed to assist the STF in the probe, a police spokesperson said.

The UP Police Recruitment and Promotion Board (UPPRB) had scheduled online examinations for police recruitment from July 17 to July 31 across various centres of UP. However, on Monday night, several online users complained to the State government and the police that the papers were allegedly leaked on social media.

‘Technical reasons’

Taking cognisance of the matter, an additional secretary of the UPPRB, which conducts the tests, issued a statement late on Monday informing candidates that the exams scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday have been cancelled due to “unavoidable technical reasons” till further notice.

On Tuesday, the Board decided to cancel the entire process of recruitment, from July 17 to July 31, saying that reports of a leak had been brought to its notice.

“The entire recruitment test process has been cancelled to maintain the propriety, fairness and transparency of the examination,” the Board said.

Anand Kumar, ADG Law and Order, said the system of the agency had been “compromised.”

‘System hacked’

“The Board informed us that the system of the agency, whose name we cannot disclose for confidential reasons, was reportedly hacked,” Mr. Kumar said.

The Board said it would inform candidates about the re-scheduled examinations through SMS and email soon, while the admission letter would be available for download on the Board’s website.

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