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Madras HC orders CBI probe into 2019 Tamil Nadu PSC Group-IV scam

Apprehending that a state agency like CB-CID may not expose the involvement of higher officials of the State, the petitioner wanted the investigation to be transferred to the CBI.

Published: 14th December 2021 01:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th December 2021 01:50 PM   |  A+A-

Madras High Court

Madras High Court (File photo| EPS)

By Express News Service

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Tuesday transferred the investigation into the TNPSC Group IV-2019 scam to the CBI. A division bench comprising Justices Pushpa Sathyanarayana and P Velmurugan passed the order on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed last year by one I Mohamed Razvi, an advocate from Madurai.

Razvi alleged that the scam could not have been orchestrated without the help of any higher officials and was dissatisfied with the CB-CID's probe saying it has arrested only some of the candidates and the alleged middlemen. Apprehending that a state agency like CB-CID may not expose the involvement of higher officials of the State, he wanted the investigation to be transferred to the CBI.

In the previous hearing last month, the CB-CID had told the court there was indeed negligence on the part of the TNPSC officials in carrying out their duties but except the two staff - a record clerk and a typist - no other officials were found to have colluded in the scam.

However, the judges had orally questioned the TNPSC as to why the examination conducted in the two centres- where the malpractice is said to have taken place, was not cancelled. They also asked why the tampering of the wax seal of the transit van, in which the answer sheets were transported to Chennai, was not identified at the initial stage and had adjourned the case for passing orders.

On Tuesday, the bench allowed Razvi's plea and transferred the investigation from the CB-CID to the CBI and directed the latter to hold a free and fair investigation. The judges also instructed the CBI to complete the investigation and file chargesheet as early as possible without any inordinate delay.

In the TNPSC Group-IV examination held in September 2019, 99 candidates from Rameswaram and Keelakarai exam centres in Ramanathapuram district reportedly used pens containing 'vanishing ink' to mark their answers in the OMR sheet.

Later, some persons, allegedly with the help of two TNPSC staff, tampered with the answer sheets when they were being transported to Chennai in a van, and filled the correct answers in the sheets. The CB-CID investigated the scam and arrested 118 persons but Razvi alleged involvement of higher officials and had sought a CBI probe.



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