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CBI gets nod to probe Mumbai RRB chief`s role in job scam

The CBI has received a go- ahead from the Railway Board to probe the role of suspended chairman of Mumbai Railway Recruitment Board, S M Sharma, in connection with a job scam following the arrest of his son and seven others.



New Delhi: The CBI has received a go-
ahead from the Railway Board to probe the role of suspended
chairman of Mumbai Railway Recruitment Board, S M Sharma, in
connection with a job scam following the arrest of his son and
seven others in the case.

"The Railway Board has accorded the permission to the
CBI to conduct investigation into the role of chairman,
Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Mumbai, in the Railway
examination paper leak scam," CBI spokesperson Harsh Bhal
said Monday.

The CBI had on June 19 claimed to have unearthed a
multi-crore Railway recruitment scam and had arrested eight
persons, including Vivek Bhardwaj Sharma, son of S M Sharma,
who was chairman of RRB, Mumbai, A K Jagannatham, the then
ADRM in Raipur and his son Srujan.

The Railways had immediately suspended Sharma and said
that it will provide all cooperation to the CBI in its
investigation.

The CBI alleged that the accused in the scam used to
charge Rs 3.5 lakh from an aspirant to leak the question
paper.

The agency claimed that Jagannatham was the kingpin
of the scam and that there was deal of Rs 1 crore with
involved RRB officials to leak out the question paper.

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, the agency alleged
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 complete
amount, according to CBI`s Hyderabad DIG, V V Lakshmi Narayan.

The CBI has claimed several documents relating to the
scam have been found during searches in Kolkata, Hyderabad and
Raipur.

The RRBs across the country conduct examinations for
induction of staff in Group C category of the Indian Railways.
On June 6, examinations were held across the country for the
induction of assistant loco pilots (ALP) and on June 13 for
assistant station masters (ASM).

PTI

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