CBI raids places of def recruitment racket accused

The accused allegedly leaked the question paper of Lower Division Clerk recruitment examination to over 130 candidates.

Updated: Sep 29, 2010, 00:25 AM IST

Mumbai: The CBI, which busted nationwide defence recruitment racket by arresting four persons, has raided several places belonging to the accused in Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam and seized Rs 19 lakh cash, some more question papers, documents and passports among other things.

On Sunday, the CBI arrested R C Naikh and D S Murthi - both administration officers in Western and Eastern Naval Commands respectively, Ranbir Singh Rawat owner of Manasa International defence recruitment agency in Andhra Pradesh`s Vishakhapatnam and Haryana-based teacher Hoshiyar Singh.

The accused allegedly leaked the question paper of Lower Division Clerk recruitment examination to over 130 candidates. "Nearly Rs 19 lakh in cash, some more question papers related to clerk recruitment exam, about 50 passports of different persons from the office and residential premises of Rawat in Vishakhapatnam were recovered," CBI Joint Director Rishi Raj Singh said.

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During the searches at residence of R C Naik at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai, incriminating documents pertaining to the purchase of flat for Rs 31 lakh were seized, he added. Rawat`s ICICI bank account passbook shows that he had deposited some cash from Vishakhapatnam in the bank account of Naik, the CBI official said.

During the searches at Murthy`s residence in Vishakhapatnam, incriminating documents and articles like soft and hard copies of question papers, pen drives, computer hard disk, documents showing investment in properties were seized, Rishi Raj said.

The exam was held on Sunday to fill up 175 clerical posts at Western Naval Command Headquarters and over 35,000 candidates appeared for the entrance test which was later
scraped by the Navy.

While Naik and Hoshiyar have been remanded to CBI custody till October 6, the other two were sent to judicial custody till on Tuesday after they complained of torture.

PTI