PSC exam fraud a serious issue: Kerala HC on plea for CBI probe

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Naseem and Shivaranjith

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday sought the stand of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) while considering a petition for an investigation by the latter into the irregularities in tests conducted by the Kerala Public Service Examination (PSC). It also sought the response of the Director General of Police (DGP) over the same matter.

The court has issued an order seeking the government's explanation on the matter while observing that the fraud was not to be taken lightly.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government is of the view that a CBI investigation is unnecessary in a case already probed by the Crime Branch. The government also assured the court that stringent action wiill be taken against those found guilty.

PSC candidates from Malappuram and Kollam districts had filed the plea arguing that a fair investigation is unlikely as the accused in the case were activists of the Students' Federation of India -- SFI -- the students' outfit affiliated to Kerala's ruling party, the CPM.

(Crime Branch is a specialized investigation wing of the Kerala Police which operates under the state government.)

The Kerala PSC's credibility took a beating after a probe into a recent campus brawl at the University College exposed discrepancies in the conduct of its examinations. SFI activists who were caught over a stabbing case at the college had secured high ranks in a PSC test by indulging in unfair practices.