Srinagar, Sept 13: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday conducted searches at around 36 locations in an on-going investigation of a case related to the Sub Inspector Recruitment Scam of J&K. “Incriminating documents and digital evidences have so far been recovered during searches,” CBI said.
The searches were conducted at Jammu, Srinagar in J&K; Karnal; Mahendergarh; Rewari in Haryana; Gandhidham in Gujarat; Delhi; Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh and Bangalore in Karnataka at the premises of former Chairman, JKSSB; then Controller of Examination of JKSSB; “Gang” members domiciled in Haryana; certain teachers; some serving/retired officials of J&K Police including a DSP and CRPF.
The CBI had registered the case on 3 August this year on the request of J&K Government against 33 accused including then Medical Officer, BSF Frontier headquarters, Paloura; then Member, JKSSB; then Under Secretary, then Section Officer (both of JKSSB); Ex-Official of CRPF; ASI of J&K Police; Owner of a coaching centre, Akhnoor; private company based at Bengaluru; private persons and unknown others on the allegations of irregularities in written examination for the posts of Sub-Inspectors in the J&K Police conducted by J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB) on March 27. The results were declared on June 4. Amid allegations regarding malpractices in the examination, the J&K government constituted an Inquiry Committee to look into the same. It was alleged that the accused entered a conspiracy amongst officials of JKSSB, Bengaluru based private company, beneficiary candidates and others, and caused gross irregularities in conduct of written examination for the posts of Sub-Inspectors. It was further alleged that there was an abnormally high percentage of selected candidates from Jammu, Rajouri and Samba districts. Violation of rules by JKSSB was allegedly found in assigning the task of setting the question paper to Bengaluru based private company.
Earlier on August 5, the CBI had carried out searches in the premises of accused at 30 locations including at Jammu, Srinagar and Bengaluru.
“Investigation has revealed the alleged payment of Rs.20 to 30 lakh (approx) by willing candidates and their families to the accused for accessing the question paper before commencement of the examination,” the CBI said, adding, “In this regard, involvement of a gang domiciled in Haryana, certain teachers of J&K, some serving/retired personnel of CRPF, J&K Police and JKSSB has allegedly come to light.”