The Supreme Court has stayed the declaration of SSC CGL 2017 results and termed the entire Staff Selection Commission system ‘tainted’. The CGL exam was conducted for the selection of staff for government departments and ministries. A bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao said that it cannot permit people to benefit from the 'tainted' 2017 Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level and senior secondary level examination and get into service. The court stayed the SSC CHGL 2017 results declaration after perusing a status report of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which raised questions on the integrity of several SSC officials and the custodian of the examination paper.
"It prima facie appears that the entire SSC system is tainted and entire examinations (2017) are tainted. It can't be believed that the custodian of the examination paper is himself leaking the paper," the bench said. The Supreme Court also pulled up Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee for trying to defend the officials of SSC. "Mr Solicitor, it is surprising that you are taking this stand. You are appearing for CBI and you should have said that the examination must be cancelled. Your status report implicates several people and you are taking a different stand," the bench said.
Appearing for petitioner Shantanu Kumar, advocate Prashant Bhushan and Govind Jee told the court that the CBI in its status report had itself admitted that the custodian of examination paper has leaked the paper. Thousands of students had appeared in the SSC CGL exam. The examination was conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) - a government body – to recruit staff for various ministries and departments. A large number of job seekers took to the streets after reports about paper leak surfaced in the media. Following the massive protest, the SSC had recommended a CBI probe into it the allegations.