CBI suspects role of more govt servants in RRB scam

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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