New Delhi: The Supreme Court has adjourned the 2017 SSC paper leak case to Wednesday, i.e., May 8, as lawyer Prashant Bhushan was absent during the hearing. Last month, the apex court had directed the CBI to submit a status report of the investigation in the 2017 SSC exam paper leak case.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it will take up the matter for hearing on April 11. The apex court on April 1 allowed the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) to declare the result of a re-examination of SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) 2017 held last year.

Notably, job seekers held protests for several days after the SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) 2017 exam paper had allegedly leaked. Commenting on the issue, the top court stated that lakhs of unemployed youths suffered at the hands of a corrupt person from an organisation. Thus the SSC recommended the CBI to conduct an investigation to verify the authenticity of the paper leak allegations.

On August 31 last year, the apex court stayed the declaration of result of the SSC CGL and CHSL Examination, in which lakhs of students had appeared, saying it seemed that the entire test and the system were “tainted”.

The apex court then favoured cancelling the 2017 SSC examination, and holding it afresh by the National Testing Agency or the CBSE “in the interest of students”.

However, the Centre said that there was no need for re-examination of entire paper as the leak was “extremely localised” and those behind the leaks were identified and action was taken.

On January 10, the apex court favoured setting up of a three-member high-powered committee comprising Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of tech giant Infosys, and renowned computer scientist Vijay P Bhatkar to suggest reforms for conducting of competitive examinations.

About SSC Combined Graduate Level exam:

The SSC Combined Graduate Level exam consists of four-tiers, in which tier I and tier II are computer-based. In tier III and IV, the job applicants take up a descriptive paper and a computer proficiency test or skill test.

(With agency inputs)