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Probe panel formed

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, March 3 - The Arunachal Pradesh Government has constituted a high-level committee to probe the alleged malpractices in the recruitment examination conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB) on February 2 for the posts of lower division clerks, junior secretariat assistants and others, besides suspending the then APSSB Secretary, SK Jain.

�A two-member inquiry committee has been constituted to probe the alleged malpractices in the recently held recruitment examination conducted by the APSSB and the former Secretary of APSSB has been put under suspension. The committee has been asked to submit its report within 21 days,� said Chief Minister Pema Khandu while talking to reporters on the State Assembly premises here today.

This development comes a day after the APSSB decided to cancel the recruitment examination and reconduct it.

Khandu said that the two-member probe panel, comprising the New Delhi-based Principal Resident Commissioner of Arunachal Bhawan, Jitendra Narain, and Home Commissioner Kaling Tayeng, would submit the report to the Government within 21 days and accordingly, administrative actions would be taken against those found guilty in the examination fiasco.

As per the order issued by the Department of Personnel on Tuesday, as a disciplinary proceeding is contemplated against the IAS 2007 AGMUT cadre officer SK Jain, the then Secretary-cum-Controller of Examinations, Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board, has been placed under suspension. The officer has been asked not to leave Itanagar without obtaining prior permission from the State authority.

It may be mentioned here that the Special Investigation Cell, which is probing the alleged irregularities in the recruitment examination conducted by the APSSB, has so far arrested five persons, including the then APSSB Under Secretary, Kapter Ringu.

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