New Delhi (13.09.2022): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted searches, on Tuesday, in around 36 locations across the country in connection with the alleged Police Sub-Inspector (SI) recruitment scam in Jammu and Kashmir.
The raids were conducted in various locations in Jammu, Srinagar in J&K; Karnal, Mahendergarh and Rewari in Haryana; Gandhidham in Gujarat; Delhi; Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh and Bangalore in Karnataka at the premises of former Chairman, J & K Services Selection Board (JKSSB); the then Controller of Examination of JKSSB; gang members living in Haryana; some teachers; some serving/retired officials of J&K Police including a DSP and CRPF.
Incriminating documents and digital evidence have so far been recovered during the searches.
CBI had registered a case on August 3, 2022, on the request of the Jammu and Kashmir Government against 33 accused including then Medical Officer, BSF Frontier Hqrs, Paloura; then Member, JKSSB; then Under Secretary, then Section Officer (both of JKSSB); Ex-Official of CRPF; ASI of J&K Police; owner of a coaching centre in Akhnoor; a private company based at Bengaluru; some private persons and unknown others on the allegations of irregularities in written examination for the posts of Sub-Inspectors in the J&K Police. The exams were conducted by J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB) on March 27, 2022, and the results were declared on June 4, 2022.
Allegations of malpractices in the examination surfaced this year after the exam results were declared.
J-K LG Manoj Sinha had ordered an inquiry into the irregularities in the selection process and last month he cancelled the recruitment process while recommending a CBI probe.
It was alleged that the accused hatched a conspiracy with the officials of JKSSB, a Bengaluru-based private company, beneficiary candidates and others while causing gross irregularities in the conduct of written examination for the posts of Sub-Inspector. It was further alleged that there was an abnormally high percentage of selected candidates from the Jammu, Rajouri and Samba districts. Violation of rules by JKSSB was allegedly found in assigning the task of setting question papers to the Bengaluru-based private company.
Searches were earlier conducted on August 5, 2022, at 30 locations including Jammu, Srinagar, Bengaluru etc. at the premises of the accused.
The investigation has revealed that allegedly payment of Rs.20 lakh to 30 lakh (approximately) was made by willing candidates and their families to the accused for accessing the question paper before the commencement of the examination.
In this regard, the involvement of a gang based in Haryana, certain teachers of J&K, some serving/retired personnel of CRPF, J&K Police and JKSSB has allegedly come to light.
It is worth mentioning here that more than 97,000 candidates had appeared for the said exam after which the JKSSB announced a list of 1,200 successful candidates.