HP Cong submits memo to guv for time-limited CBI investigation into paper leak case

The Himachal Pradesh Congress on Saturday submitted a memorandum to the governor seeking a time-limited investigation by the CBI into the matter of leaking questions during the police officer recruitment test.

A written test to recruit 1,334 constables into the Himachal Police was held on March 27 in which around 75,000 candidates had applied after passing physical tests.

After reports of a leaked paper surfaced, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur canceled the exam and on May 17 announced that the case would be handed over to the CBI.

Chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Election Campaign Committee and Member of the Selection Committee, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, who led the delegation to meet Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar in Raj Bhawan, urged that the investigation of the CBI is completed within 90 days.

The delegation questioned the “intention” of the Thakur government and asserted that it had not yet published the notification of the CBI investigation.

Sukhu alleged that paper leaks had become a trend under Thakur’s rule over the past four and a half years.

“The government is playing with the future of thousands of young people,” he added.

Sukhu said he asked the governor to direct the government to quickly get notice of the CBI investigation.

“The investigation should be completed within 90 days. The culprits should be sent behind bars before August 15. The masterminds of the paper leak can only be brought to light if the CBI investigation is conducted in time,” he said.

It was the second time in three years that the state government canceled the exam to select constables.

In August 2019, the exam was declared invalid after six men were caught posing as candidates.

Acting State Congress Speaker Harsh Mahajan, MPs Rohit Thakur, Anirudh Singh, Lakhwinder Rana, Satpal Raizada, Sanjay Awasthi, Former MP Sohan Lal, Himachal Youth Congress President Negi Nigam Bhandari and Shimla Urban District Chairman Jitendra Chaudhary were also part of the delegation.

In its memorandum, Congress also called on the governor to order strict measures against the mining, alcohol and drug mafia in the state, Sukhu added.