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Bengaluru: Kerala Governor P Sathasivam has asked Vice Chancellor, University of Kerala, to submit a report on its inquiry into the allegations of exam fraud by leaders of Student’s Federation of India (SFI), the student wing of the state’s ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, in a setback to the communist leadership.

Bundles of unanswered answer sheets of the university and a college seal were found by the police from the house of Sivarenjith, an SFI leader at University College in Thiruvananthapuram, who topped a recently held public service exam to select civil police officers. The seizure came amidst opposition allegations that he cheated the exam somehow to find his way up to the first rank. Sivarenjith and two other SFI leaders had already landed his party in trouble last week, after stabbing a college mate and a fellow SFI worker over a violent clash.

Thiruvananthapuram University College is a communist bastion and a nerve center of the SFI in Kerala. It is said the red outfit will not even allow other student organisations to function in the college. The stabbing episode resulted when the violence of the SFI cadres got out of hand, according to the police. Seven SFI workers were suspended by the college and five of them were arrested by the police. The outfit’s national body had immediately stepped in and suspended the entire college unit leaders shortly after the incident. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said the culprits shall have benefit no leniency from the state.

However, the violence and its aftermath allegations about the recruitment fraud has put the communists in a spot in Kerala, while they were trying to shake off the image of a mafia party over political murders. It has also started a stream of allegations against the communists using violence as a calling card to gain clout in the public sphere. Former chief minister and Congress leader Oommen Chandy has demanded a judicial probe into the whole episode.

The recruitment fraud allegation also cast doubt on the credibility of the Public Service Commission (PSC), the state’s public sector hiring arm. In a face-saving move, the PSC Chairman MK Zakir on Monday ordered suspending the appointment of two prime accused in the stabbing case, both qualified to be civil police officers, pending an internal vigilance enquiry. The Governor was approached by opposition BJP and Congress leaders to probe the matter independently.

“Sought an urgent report from Vice Chancellor , University of Kerala on the reported seizure of bundles of university answer sheets& seal of Dir, Physical Education from the house of an accused in the murder attempt case in #UniversityCollege, Thiruvananthapuram," tweeted the Governor on Monday.

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