Parrikar seeks explanation on recruitment exam, army denies

New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has sought an explanation from the army regarding its recruitment rally in Bihar where candidates were made to appear in the written test in their briefs, highly placed sources said on Tuesday.

The sources said on Tuesday that a report was sought by Parrikar after pictures of candidates appeared in the media regarding the recruitment rally in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar.

An army spokesperson in Delhi, however, denied any explanation has been sought.

Over 1,000 candidates for clerical posts were on Sunday asked to sit for the test in their undergarments to prevent cheating. The candidates sat cross-legged on the ground in their briefs for the one-hour test.

On Tuesday, the Patna High Court also sought the defence ministry’s reply on how hundreds of youth appearing for the army recruitment examination were forced to take off their clothes.

Army authorities said that candidates hid chits with answers and other high-tech gadgets inside their clothes to cheat in exams in the past.

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