Chargesheet filed against 15 in railway recruitment scam
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 00:27
Hyderabad: CBI today filed a chargesheet against 15 persons, including some suspended railway officials, in the multi-crore railway recruitment scam that came to light in June this year.

The chargesheet was filed in the special court for CBI cases here, CBI Deputy Inspector General (DIG) V V Lakshmi Narayana said.

The document names A K Jagannatham, then Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) in Raipur as the prime accused. S N Sharma, suspended Chairman of RRB, Mumbai, G Sethi, senior divisional personnel officer at Raipur, Sharma's son Vivek Bhardwaj Sharma and Jagannatham's son Srujan are among other accused.

The accused were allegedly involved in leaking of question papers of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) and collecting money from the candidates.

They have been booked under IPC Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Narayana said.

Of the accused, six are under judicial custody while the remaining are out on bail, an investigating official said.

"Besides leaking papers and collecting money, the accused arranged preparation classes for candidates at Nagpur and Goa on the leaked question papers," the official said.

The chargesheet was presented in a sealed cover and the court will take up the matter tomorrow, the officer said.

CBI had in June claimed to have unearthed the scam with the arrest of 15 persons. The Central agency claimed that the accused used to charge Rs 3.5 lakh from an aspirant for providing the leaked question papers for the posts of Assistant Loco Pilot and Assistant Station Master.

"The case was registered in Hyderabad on June 15. The scam related to the examinations of Assistant Loco Pilot and Assistant Station Master held on June 6 and June 13 respectively," a CBI official had said earlier.

The investigating agency claimed Jagannatham was the kingpin of the scam and that there was a deal of Rs one crore with some RRB officials to leak the papers.

As part of the deal, an amount Rs 55 lakh was already paid to the officials of RRB, Mumbai, it said.

With regard to the modus operandi, CBI said the job seekers were required to deposit their original certificates with Jagannatham.

The question paper was provided to them one day prior to the examination and the certificates were returned after the payment of the agreed amount, it said.


First Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 00:27

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