Itanagar, 27 November: Stiffening their stand on the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) paper leak scam, the complaining candidates under the auspices of the Pan-Arunachal Joint Steering Committee-APPSC (PAJSC-APPSC) on Sunday demanded the government’s immediate arrest. APPSC Chairman Nipo Nabam, Secretary Jayantha Kumar Ray, other officers and member secretaries were accused of involvement in the scam.
Addressing reporters during a press conference at the Arunachal Press Club, PAJSC-APPSC member Rakpi Bagra tried to justify why the former APPSC chairman should be arrested.
“He was member secretary in the 2014-’15 paper leak issue. He became chairman at the end of 2017 and all these failures happened under his chairmanship,” Bagra said.
Blaming Nabam for the scam, she added, “He is responsible and that is why the steering committee is asking for his arrest.”
They asked the investigating agencies why the Special Investigation Cell (SIC) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have not yet questioned Nabam about his role in the paper leak scam.
PAJSC-APPSC members, who said they had lost faith in the SIC and CBI due to lack of transparency and accessibility in the investigation, demanded a judicial inquiry overseen by the High Court and the Enforcement Directorate along with the CBI. SIC.”
Complaining candidates have reiterated that they will appear for the exam only if it is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and have lost faith in APPSC. They also asked the government to ensure that no examination is held till the probe into the ongoing corruption is completed.
“We will boycott any examination conducted by the commission if our demands are not accepted,” added a PAJSC-APPSC member.
The committee demanded that if APPSC conducts an examination, even if any irregularity is found in it, the examination should be declared void and re-conducted.
PAJSC-APPSC informed that All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union and All Naishi Students Union submitted a 13 point demand seeking support.
Among other demands of the PAJSC-APPSC is “immediate recall and background check of the three state government officials appointed under the APPSC.”
The committee demanded compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the farmers affected by the scam if the government did not accede to their demands.