Odisha SSC cracks down on question paper leak: 55 candidates may face lifetime ban as probe expands

Bhubaneswar: Initiating action in relation to the JE (Civil) exam question paper leak incident, the Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC) has issued show cause notices to 55 candidates, questioning why they should not face a lifetime ban from participating in OSSC recruitments.

This action was taken based on the report submitted by the Balasore Superintendent of Police.

“OSSC is committed to taking exemplary action against all candidates who are involved in unfair practices, including question leak,” said the commission in a press release.

The Commission clarified that efforts are underway to establish links between the remaining 37 candidates and their applications, with the cooperation of Balasore Police. Additional information has been requested from the police to facilitate this process.

The incident in question took place on July 23, when the OSSC canceled the Main Written Examination for JE (Civil) that had been conducted on July 16, 2023. This step was taken following confirmation from the Balasore SP about the question paper leak. As a result, the Commission rescheduled the examination for September 3.

The Balasore Police made significant progress in the investigation and revealed that the question paper leak originated from a printing press located outside Odisha. Subsequently, on Thursday, the police arrested eight more individuals, including the mastermind responsible for the leak of the OSSC JE (Civil) Main Written Examination question paper. Interestingly, all the accused were apprehended in Bihar, and the mastermind turned out to be a government employee in Bihar.

In total, the police have arrested 17 individuals in connection with the question paper leak.