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A plea sought direction to the state government to declare the results of the SSC examination held in 2018, however, later it was found that 1 lakh OMR answer sheets are missing from the safe custody.
The Calcutta High Court recently slammed the State Government after 1 Lakh OMR answer sheets of an SSC recruitment examination went missing from safe custody.
A bench of Justice Apoorba Sinha Roy and Justice Arijit Banerjee said, "We are not satisfied with a mere statement made on behalf of the State that the OMR sheets cannot be found."
The petition was filed by candidates represented by Advocates Raghunath Chakraborty, Sabnam Sultana, and Mijanul Kabir which stated that "the State must explain how more than one lakh OMR sheets could be lost". Assuming that the OMR sheets are indeed not traceable, the persons responsible should be taken to task, the plea added.
In view of the above, the bench directed the Secretary, Panchayat and Rural Development Department, Government of West Bengal to file a report in the form of an affidavit stating inter alia as follows:
Additionally, the court directed the state government that they shall not take any further step in connection with the proposed de novo recruitment process without leave of the high court.
Case Title: Ramesh Mondal & Ors. Vs. The State of West Bengal & Ors.
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