2020 Sindh Public Service Commission exams invalidated over tampering

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has invalidated the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) exams that took place in 2020 due to tampering, according to a report by its registrar presented to a two-judge bench consisting of Justice Muhammad Iqbal Khuhro and Justice Adnanul Karim.

The commission marked answer copies without notifying the supervisory committee, which consisted of a registrar in Karachi and additional registrars (ARs) for Hyderabad, Larkana, and Sukkur, and granted candidates extra marks, the report revealed.

The court had previously instructed the committee to oversee the exams, as per the report. Sealed answer copies were dispatched to the SPSC headquarters for marking under police supervision, the report said.

After two years, all the ARs wrote multiple letters requesting inclusion in the next phase of recruitment, and they were eventually told to appear before the commission with the copies.

Upon reaching the commission for the next phase, court staff discovered that the answer copies had been tampered with, the report explained. The SPSC had marked the copies without informing the ARs and had also awarded extra marks to candidates, according to the report.

The SPSC chairman informed court officials the findings had been shared with the chief secretary, who would take action against those who tampered with the copies.

The court criticised the commission for abusing its authority and engaging in red tape, and it vowed to issue a verdict in line with the Sindh government’s actions against the culprits.


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