June 25, 2012 4:07:42 am
CBI investigations have revealed that the accused in the alleged scam in recruitment of class IV NDA employees asked favoured candidates to leave answer sheets blank,so that they can be filled later with the correct answers. The six accused,including staff officer to the NDA commandant,Colonel Kulbir Singh arrested by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),Pune on Saturday have been remanded in police custody till July 2.
The five others arrested were identified as Balkishan Kanojia of Uttamnagar,Vishnu Prasad Sharma of Shivne,Dattatray Shitkar and Manoj Shitkal of Kopre village and Ramesh Gaikwad of Khadakwasla.
The CBI remand application to the court of special judge D R Mahajan stated that the six accused and some yet-to-be-identified persons conspired to obtain illegal gratification from applicants for the 97 posts that included posts of lower division clerks,civilian motor drivers,cooks,gardeners,chowkidars and cleaners. The gratification was sought abusing the official position of Colonel Singh,the application said.
Investigating officer DySP Rajpal Singh said,Primary investigations reveal that all,other than Singh,acted as agents in the recruitment process between May and June. Kanojia owns a shop on NDA campus and Sharma is a caterer.
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The application further stated,Singh and Kanojia asked candidates to only sign on answer sheets and leave them blank so that they could be filled in with correct answers by accused persons and thereby the said candidates would fraudulently be issued appointment orders by NDA authorities. The accused are in possession a list of persons to be appointed in lieu of gratification obtained from them.
We carried out searches at 14 places in Pune and one each in Mumbai,Gurgaon and Sonepat. The CBI recovered Rs 4 lakh in cash from Singh and Rs 82 lakh from his associates. The total seizure from all the accused is Rs 1.76 crore, Rajpal Singh added.
Seeking police custody,CBI public prosecutor Vivek Saxena said in court,The action of the accused could also be harmful to national security as suspicious persons can possibly gain entry into the staff. Involvement of senior officers of the institution cannot be denied in the case.
Sudhir Shah,the defence lawyer for Colonel Singh said,The entire case is based on information… There is no need of police custody. My client was not concerned with the recruitment process.
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