The CBI will now conduct a probe into alleged irregularities in the Class X and XII results announced by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) this year. The Human Resource Development Ministry, after receiving a letter from NIOS chairman Chandra B Sharma has approached the central investigation agency to probe the matter. It was earlier reported that a preliminary inquiry had found irregularities in the results of 1,000 candidates from Madhya Pradesh. These candidates passed the examination which they had not appeared, according to the Indian Express.
However, when Sharma was asked about the recent development, he said, “I can’t say anything as I have no official intimation about this,” as per IE. He had confirmed last week that he recommended a probe into the serious irregularities found across three NIOS examination centers in Ratlam, Umaria and Sehore of Madhya Pradesh. On June, the board had set up a three-member inquiry committee to investigate the complaints of corruption from Madhya Pradesh, a state that was rocked by alleged corruption in the Vyapam exam scam, as per IE.
Simultaneously, the results of over 1,000 students, who are suspected to have skipped the exam, were also withdrawn. The preliminary probe report of the inquiry committee found that 1,200 candidates were absent on the day of the exam but were declared pass. Only 19 appeared out of the 693 candidates who were supposed to sit for the exam in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sagod. But after the results were declared everybody was declared pass. Similar cases were also reported from Sehore and Umaria. The CBI inquiry may not be limited to Madhya Pradesh as those answer paper were evaluated in Guwahati, Assam, the report said.