PPA expresses strong resentment towards the APPSC A.E Paper Leakage investigation process being conducted by CBI.
On 9th of November 2022, the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA), released a press statement in connection to the ongoing investigation being conducted by the CBI to probe the APPSC AE paper leak case.
In its press release, the party has expressed its resentment over the process and the manner in which the investigation is being conducted. The part is of the opinion that the current investigation is opaque in nature and not being done in a transparent manner.
The release stated mentioned that, "A team from the Party led by its Secretary General Shri Kaling Jerang had visited the CBl office at Zoo Road, Itanagar on 8h November 2022 but was denied access to the CBI officials after one of the staff came to take his identification."
It further added , "the CBI officials investigating the matter had
initially agreed & invited some media-persons to brief about the case on 7h Nov' 2022. However, when the media persons reached their office, they were denied any audience and instead were asked to seek
permission from Delhi"
The party has said that it has learnt the people who met with the CBI officials at their earlier office at Vivek Vihar area that the premier investigating agency in the country was not being allowed to assess
Taket Jerang's properties and other dealings.
The press release condemned the State Government & the CBI for their lack of transparency and public access, it also stated that the CBI and other agencies should be accessible to everyone including the media.
People have the right to know the update of the investigation and the media also has the right to report it.
"Lives of thousands of aspirants are at stake. What are these investigative agencies doing? Was the CBI brought in to deviate the masses from the real issues or was it done to weaken the case? Why are they reluctant to face the media? If someone wants to meet them and give any crucial information regarding the case, how will the people reach them? People should not be taken for a ride"__the release stated.
The Party mentioned that they have an information from unofficial sources about the systematic institutionalization of
corruption which had been allegedly going on for the last many years in these institutions.
It added that "It is impossible for Taket Jerang (then Dy. Controller of Exam, APPSC) to have single-handedly carried out his nefarious
activities without active involvement and patronage from his superiors and those in the higher-ups. Further, the party has been informed that the money allegedly paid by the brokers had a share at every level starting
from Taket Jerang"
"We exhort the State government to come clean on the issue. There is every possibility of involvement of the high offices in the state including the CMO in the APPSC Paper Leakage issue and also the earlier APSSB case. The same was also alleged by the aggrieved aspirants in their earlier press briefings."__added the party's statement.
The People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) further reiterates its earlier demands made to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh which includes broadening the scope of both CBI & SIC investigations to include allegations of malpractices in other exams conducted by the APPSC and immediately convening of an All-Party meeting on the issue.
Further, the party also called upon the State government to genuinely address all the demands made by the aggrieved aspirants which have been repeatedly communicated in writing to the former.