One-man inquiry commission formed to probe alleged question paper leakages in APPSC

Nipjyoti Kalita || Itanagar, Aug 16: Today, the Arunachal Pradesh government has announced the formation of a One-Man Inquiry Commission, led by the esteemed former judge Hon’ble Mr. Justice P.K. Deka, to investigate allegations of question paper leakages in recruitment examinations conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) from April 1, 2014, to August 31, 2022.

The decision follows a letter addressed to the Department of Justice, Government of India, which eventually resulted in the forwarding of a list of retired judges from the North East. After an exhaustive due process, the order for the formation of the commission was issued today.

The Commission’s primary responsibilities include probing the factual details surrounding the instances of question paper leaks in the APPSC examinations held over the specified period. Additionally, it will investigate any lapses on the part of officials, officers, and other stakeholders directly or indirectly involved in the recruitment process. With the aim of ensuring free and fair recruitment practices, the Commission will also propose remedial measures and offer recommendations on related matters.

To fulfill its duties effectively, the Commission has been granted certain powers, such as the authority to summon individuals for sworn testimony, request the presentation of relevant documents, receive evidence via affidavit, and acquire copies of public records from various offices. Witness interviews and document examinations will also be conducted to uncover the truth behind the alleged question paper leakages.

The Commission has been allotted a timeframe of three months to compile its findings and prepare a comprehensive report on the matter.

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