New Delhi, March 5: The Narendra Modi government on Monday ordered Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the allegations of leak of questions of the Staff Selection Commission-Combined Graduate Level (Tier-II) Examination 2017 held from February 17 to 22. The SSC conducts examinations for recruitment to lower categories of posts in the Central government. Also Read - 'Never Heard Any Head of State Talk Like This,' Says Shashi Tharoor on Trump's 'Retaliation' Threat

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor thanked Union Minister Jitendra Singh over the move. “I trust the word of Dr Jitendra Singh who has approached the issue constructively throughout. He acted on my tweets, calls and personal emails even on a Sunday. If he tells me a CBI inquiry has been ordered, that’s good enough for me. Protestors should know when they have won.” (Also read: SSC CHSL 2018: Candidates Protest Over Paper Leak, Commission Cancels Exam) Also Read - 'Suspending MPLADS Will Cause Delays in Devolution of Funds,' Shashi Tharoor Writes to PM Modi

Tharoor also urged the students to call off their protest. “I now urge the protesting students, whom I have supported all the way, to call off their agitation. It is time to acknowledge victory and move on,” he tweeted. (Also read: Anna Hazare Meets Protestors; Congress Demands CBI Probe)

On Sunday, SSC chairman Ashim Khurana said that a delegation of candidates, who were protesting against the alleged paper leaks, met him along with BJP Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari and handed over a memorandum.

The students have been protesting outside the SSC office at CGO complex in the national capital since February 27, seeking a CBI probe into the alleged paper leak in the Combined Graduate-Level (CGL) exam.

Even Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav had demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

With inputs from PTI