Victory For Students As Apex Court Asks SSC To Declare 2017 Result
Prithvi Raj India
May 9th, 2019 / 8:32 PM
Last year when aspirants of Staff Selection Committee’s Combined Graduate Level (SSC CGL) Examination reached out to The Logical Indian and informed us about the unjust treatment meted out to them, we deemed it fit to take up the story and support the students’ in their quest for justice. Thousands of students’ future and dreams were at stake and we considered it our duty to help.
After nearly a year’s struggle, SSC Aspirants finally breathe a sigh of relief today as the as Apex Court asked Staff Selection Commission (SSC) to declare SSC CGL exam 2017 result.
SSC Result Withheld
In 2017, after the SSC CGL & SSC CHSL examinations, allegations of malpractices and question paper being leaked surfaced. A CBI probe confirmed the allegations. Owing to which the Apex Court expressed its willingness to cancel the examinations and issued a stay order, which froze the announcement of results. Thousands of students were left in the lurch as their prolonged efforts were at the verge of being futile. They took to streets to demand justice and refused to pay for other’s mistake. After nearly nine months of protests and judicial battle, the Apex court finally relented and lifted the stay order from the announcement of results.
Chronology of Events:
August 2017: Tier 1 (SSC CGL & CSHL) Examination
August 2017: Allegations of paper leaks
17/02/18: Tier 2 Examination
09/03/18: A re-examination of tier-2
08/07/18: Tier 3 Examination
31/08/18: Apex Court issues stay order on the announcement of results
09/05/19: Apex Court lifts stay order from the announcement of results
Between 31 August 2018 and 09 May 2019, there were a series of hearings, rather there should have been. Here’s a timeline:
The Apex court on Thursday acknowledged the plight of thousands of innocent aspirants and lifted the stay order. It further stated that the malpractice was extremely “localised”, therefore a re-examination is unnecessary. It also promised the SSC aspirants that results will be announced shortly.
Aspirants Thank The Logical Indian
“When the SC hinted that it is willing to call off the examinations, we were all shattered. We had worked really hard to prepare for these examinations. We sought the support of the media, we needed people to know about our hardships, but no mainstream media platform was willing to cover our story. We then reached out to The Logical Indian, and the team was very understanding and stood with us since day 1,” said Ram Sai, an aspirants of SSC CGL.
“We formed a team of all aspirants on Facebook and around 20 of us were in Delhi; they met Tushar Kumar Mehta- Solicitor General of India, Prashant Bhushan- lawyer and Ashim Khurana- SSC Chairman. We sought help from every possible direction,” Ram said, thanking The Logical Indian for the continuous coverage.
Another aspirant Samskar said, “we (SSC aspirants) stayed united throughout the struggle. Aspirants were from different parts of the country and not all of us could afford to stay in Delhi and fight for justice. So a few of us stayed in Delhi, we approached The Logical Indian because not many news agencies agreed to cover our story. I request The Logical Indian to continue doing what they have been doing – bringing out voices that often go unheard.”
The Logical Indian Take
We welcome the Apex courts’ decision for its sensitivity towards the aspirants’ plight and struggle. Though a bit late, justice has finally been delivered to all those who have been patiently waiting for nearly 9 months. We admire their courage to unflinchingly demand justice and stand their ground irrespective of repeated delays in hearing. The unity that the aspirants have showcased while fighting for their cause is unparalleled. We want all the aspirants to know that their struggle and tenacity inspires us and will, in turn, inspire scores of citizens struggling to attain justice. We regret that not many media platforms considered this to be worthy enough to be pursued. We here at TLI have always stood our ground when it comes to issues that affect the future of our youth and will continue to do so. We congratulate all the aspirants on their success and wish them a very best of luck in all their endeavours.
Written by : Prithvi Raj (Intern)
Edited by : Shweta Kothari