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    The Telangana High Court has directed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to file a status report on the probe into FIR 64/2023 registered by the Begum Bazar police by April 11. The SIT is investigating the TSPSC AE exam question paper leak case. Justice Bollam Vijaysen Reddy, who presided over the hearing, issued notices to the Principal Secretary (Home), City Commissioner of Police, DCP Central Zone, Secretary, TSPSC and Additional CP crimes (SIT) to file their counter-affidavits.

    The petitioner, Dr Balmuri Venkata Narasinga Rao, sought a CBI or independent agency probe into the exam paper leak. However, Justice Reddy ruled out a CBI probe as he felt that the petitioner has not furnished any tangible evidence to show that the investigation done by SIT is biased. The judge also said that the court cannot take cognisance of the contention of the press meet held by K. Tarakarama Rao, IT and Municipal Administration Minister, on March 18 during which he stated that only two accused are responsible for the question paper leak and gave a clean chit to TSPSC.

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    The counsel appearing for the petitioner informed the court that nearly 20 candidates who appeared in the recent preliminary examination held by TSPSC got through the exam. All of them belong to the constituency of Rama Rao which also paves the way for many doubts on the role of politicians at high places in the question paper leak. The senior counsel sought a direction to CBI or any independent agency to probe the question paper leak case as it relates to the future of thousands of candidates who appeared for the competitive exams held by TSPSC.

    The Advocate-General appearing for the State informed the court that TSPSC has cancelled the examinations in the larger interest of the public and questioned the petitioners as to how they are affected by the cancellation of the examination. At the first instance, he prayed to court to dismiss the petition as not maintainable on the ground that Narasinga Rao is affiliated to the Congress party and he does not have locus standi to file the petition. This is a politically motivated petition and straight away it should be dismissed. The other two petitioners have also appeared for different posts held by the TSPSC.

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    The SIT, armed with its cyber team, is on the job of unearthing truth from perpetrators, who are behind the question paper leak. So far nine have been arrested in the case. The SIT has even gone to places where other culprits reside and is eliciting information from them regarding the paper leak. The AG informed the court that SIT is also questioning all those candidates who got through the preliminary examination and have obtained highest marks of their any role in the paper leak.

    The hearing in this case was adjourned to April 11.

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