CBI chargesheets 15 in railway recruitment scam

A former Railway Recruitment Board chairman and his son are among 15 accused named in a chargesheet filed by the CBI in a special court here in a scam related to leakage of question papers of a recruitment test.

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2010, 14:42 PM IST

Hyderabad: A former Railway Recruitment
Board chairman and his son are among 15 accused named in a
chargesheet filed by the CBI in a special court here in a scam
related to leakage of question papers of a recruitment test.

The chargesheet was filed against SM Sharma, the then
chairman, RRB, Mumbai, his son Vivek, G Sethy, Senior
Divisional Personnel Officer, DRM, Raipur, AK Jagannadham,
ex-chief executive officer, Hassan-Mangalore Rail Development
Corporation, Bangalore and P Srinivasa Rao, Fitter, Rayanapadu
Wagon Workshop, Vijayawada, the CBI said.

Two Mumbai-based railway contractors Manish Patesaria and
Ashim Roy, Kumaraswamy Jagannadham, Deputy Statistical
Officer, Municipal Corporation, Kurnool and seven others were
also chargesheeted by CBI in the scam, they said.

Besides, advocate Srujan Jagannadham and six others -- J
Sahreen Kumar, P Ashok Kumar, Jagannadham Ramesh, Jagannadham
Tirupathaiah, MRSN Murthy and S Vijay Shankar -- were made
accused by the investigating agency in the case.

"The accused have been chargesheeted for the offences of
criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating,
causing disappearance of the evidence, receiving illegal
gratification and criminal misconduct," a CBI spokesman said
in a release here.

The chargesheet contains 182 pages, while more than 300
witnesses and 384 documents have been cited in support of the
chargesheet. The entire documentation runs into 5,000 pages.

The major recruitment scam involved leakage of the
question papers for Assistant Loco Pilot and Assistant Station
Master examinations held on June 6 and June 13, this year
respectively by the RRB, Mumbai, the spokesman said.

"The accused persons lured and mobilised several
aspirants through agents and sub-agents. They fixed the price
of Rs 3.5 lakh for Assistant Loco Pilot and Rs four lakh for
Assistant Station Master from each aspirant," he said.

"They collected initial advance ranging from Rs 5,000 to
Rs 1.05 lakh and also collected the original certificates of
the aspirants," the official said.

CBI had registered a case in this regard under different
sections of IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act on June
15, 2010.

PTI