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Chargesheet filed against 15 in railway recruitment scam

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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