SLPRB SI test paper leak: Chairman of Assam police recruitment board resigns
The chairman of Assam State Level Police Recruitment Board (SLPRB) Pradeep Kumar quit the post on Sunday citing moral responsibility for the recruitment test paper leak that resulted in the cancellation of the written exam on September 20, whilst a search into the Sub-Inspector recruitment scam is underway.
“I apologize to the candidates and their families,” Kumar, a former IPS officer, said in his resignation letter submitted to the govt.
Following the direction of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the CID and therefore the crime branch of Assam Police are probing the test paper leak issue.
The investigating team has raided various locations including that of former Deputy military officer (DIG) Prasanta Kumar Dutta, who is now on the run.
According to the police, thus far 13 people, including a lady employee of the state irrigation department and one from the Special Task Force of Assam Police, are arrested in connection the scam amid the investigation, which is being personally supervised by the Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta.
On September 20, the SLPRB had canceled the written test a couple of minutes after it had started following the leakage of the question paper within the social media.
Over 66,000 candidates had appeared in 154 centers altogether the 33 districts for the written test for 597 posts of unarmed sub-inspectors in Assam Police.
There are reports that ex-DIG Dutta alongside few political leaders have absconded to Nepal because the former police officer’s daughter lived there.
Assam Police have already contacted the External Affairs Ministry to require appropriate action against the absconders.