Haryana Staff Selection Commission Chairman B B Bharti has been suspended in the wake of a row that erupted after aspiring junior engineers were asked to identify as to what was not a 'bad omen', with the options including 'a black Brahmin, a Brahmin girl'.
The BJP government has also decided to register an FIR against a "Delhi-based company which was awarded the contract for setting the paper", the paper-setter and the publisher, Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma told reporters here today.
"HSSC Chairman Bharat Bhushan Bharti, would remain suspended till the inquiry is completed," Sharma said.
Sharma said prominent people from the Brahmin community met the CM earlier in the day here and demanded action against the guilty.
"The chief minister announced the decision to constitute a high-level inquiry commission, registration of an FIR against the company, the paper-setter and the publisher. He also said Bharti would remain suspended till the completion of the inquiry," the education minister said.
According to Sharma, the chief minister assured the community of strict action against those found guilty and said that like those of the Brahmin community, his sentiments too had been hurt by this incident.
Sharma said since the HSSC is an autonomous body, the inquiry would be conducted by a high-level officer, a retired or sitting judge of high court. "Advice of the Advocate General, Haryana, is being sought on this issue. The inquiry commission would submit its report at the earliest."
Sharma said, "As is the practice, the board or the commission issues directions to the company for setting a paper and abstain from using any objectionable language in the question papers regarding any community, caste, organisation and people.
"Though the company which was awarded the contract for setting the paper has tendered an apology in writing for the controversial question asked in the written examination for the post of junior engineer, the government has blacklisted the company and publisher from all future assignments".
In reply to yet another question, he said the name of the company and the paper-setter could not be disclosed on "grounds of secrecy".
After the announcement, youths protesting in different parts of the state demanding action in the matter had withdrawn their dharna. Members of the Brahmin community have also held protests in several parts of the state over the issue.
Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had said, "This is not an ordinary mistake, this is something unpardonable. They have not only insulted the Brahmin community, but they are also promoting superstition.
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