TAMIL NADU

Court declines to order CBI probe into question paper leak

"Government has suspended a senior police officer and others"

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: : "You are correct in insisting on a fair and proper investigation into the question paper leak, but you cannot compel the court to entrust the matter only to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)," Justice D. Murugesan said when a writ petition seeking a CBI probe into the examination for selecting police constables came up for hearing on Friday.

Results of the examination, held on June 1 to select 1,997 constables, were withheld owing to reports of leakage of question papers at a centre.

Alleging inaction on the part of the police, a candidate, A. Thandapani, sought a CBI probe. He alleged that a "massive cover-up" was on to shield "high-ranking police officials".

Justice P.D. Dinakaran admitted the plea and directed the Government to furnish all records relating to the examination process in court.

When the matter was taken up for hearing, Mr. Justice Murugesan said the State Government had already suspended a senior police officer and others. Just because a petition had been filed an order could not be passed despite action having been taken.

When Advocate-General, N.R. Chandran and Additional Advocate-General A.L. Somayaji wanted the court to return the documents deposited in court, the judge said the main petition would be disposed of by Tuesday. He then posted the matter to Tuesday for orders.

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