CBI suspects role of more govt servants in RRB scam
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Last Updated: Friday, November 26, 2010, 23:12
  
Hyderabad: The CBI which is probing the multi-crore Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) scam and has chargesheeted 15 persons is suspecting the role of some more government officials and agents.

The agency that unearthed the scam related to leaking of RRB question papers for cash in June this year had filed the charge sheet on September 13 against the then additional divisional railway manager (Raipur) and kingpin in the scam Arun Kumar Jagannadham, his son Srujan, suspended chairman of RRB (Mumbai) S M Sharma, his son Vivek Bharadwaj Sharma and other accused.

"After seeking permission from the special court for CBI cases here for conducting further investigations into the case, we have begun further probe on the role of some more railway employees and agents in the scam," an investigating officer told PTI today.

"After filing charge sheet, reliable source information has been received that apart from the 15 persons named as accused in the chargesheet there are several other government servants (railway officials) who had lured aspiring candidates for the RRB exams and collected huge amounts from them for A K Jagannadham," the CBI application, which was filed in the court recently, said.

"The source information also divulges (information) regarding criminal conspiracy by other persons and several other recruiting agents who committed the offences of criminal misconduct, cheating and demanding of illegal gratification, from the aspiring candidates by promising them jobs in the Indian Railways by leaking examination question papers of RRB Mumbai," the application added.

The CBI, in its application, submitted that essential material objects which are required in connection with the case were hidden by such persons and further investigation was very much essential and was needed to establish the information received beyond reasonable doubt against the accused.

The suspended railway officials, in collusion with other accused, lured the aspirants through agents and sub-agents and fixed an amount of Rs 3.5 lakh for the posts of Assistant Loco Pilot and Rs 4 lakh for Assistant Station Master from each aspirant, the CBI had earlier said in its chargesheet.

"This is a major recruitment scam which involved leakage of the question papers of both the examinations which were held on June 6 and June 13 by RRB, Mumbai," the chargesheet said.

The CBI had also claimed that the accused in the scam took over 500 candidates from different states to Goa and Nagpur and arranged tutoring classes for them after leaking out RRB question papers.

PTI


First Published: Friday, November 26, 2010, 23:12


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