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Haryana Gangsters Involved In J&K Police SI Recruitment Scam, Question Paper Sold For 20-30L: CBI

The scam apparently tunes to tens of crores and involves over 30 people including the past secretaries of Ghulam Nabi Azad and secretary of his then deputy Tara Chand as well.

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Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel display arms and ammunition recovered during a search operation from Dari Dabsi village near LOC in Mendhar sector, in Poonch. (ANI Photo/ File)

In line with the unearthing of the recruitment scam of sub-inspectors in Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Central Bureau of Investigation has revealed that Haryana’s top gangsters were involved in the irregularities along with a Bengaluru-based private company, J&K-based teachers, CRPF Personnel, J&K Police officials and some officials from JKSSB.

The scam apparently tunes to tens of crores and involves over 30 people including the past secretaries of Ghulam Nabi Azad and secretary of his then deputy Tara Chand as well.

It has also come to light that the beneficiary candidates and their families have paid almost rupees 20 to 30 lac each to purchase the question papers of said examination before the announced date of the same.

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The results of the examination have been doubtful given the abnormally high percentage of the youth being selected from the districts Samba, Jammu, and Rajouri. The Central Bureau of Investigation has conducted numerous raids across the country and even the top-notch officials of the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board have been on the radar of the agency.

The recently transferred chairman Khalid Jahangir’s premises was also subject to raids along with the controller of the examinations, Ashok Kumar. Khalid Jahangir, a J&K Administrative Services Officer was also the Personal Secretary (PS) to Azad while his tenure as Union Health Minister.

Meanwhile along with many other accused, the former Public Relations Officer of the ex-deputy CM Tarachand, Vijay Kumar is also in the dock. The case dealt by the CBI was based on a complaint filed by the J&K Administration where at least 33 people have been accused of being involved in this recruitment scam.

Raids have been conducted in Jammu, Srinagar; Karnal, Mahendergarh, Rewari in Haryana; Gandhinagar in Gujarat; Delhi; Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh and Bengaluru in Karnataka.

Interestingly, while Azad was the Chief Minister, his deputy CM was Tara Chand. While Jahangir was a secretary to Azad as a union minister, Kumar, another accused in this case was a secretary to Tara Chand (deputy CM) under Azad.

Meanwhile, Khalid was removed as the Chairman of the JKSSB recently after allegations hinting at a scam. However, he was given the charge of the Director for the Trade Promotion.

“It was alleged that the accused entered in conspiracy amongst officials of JKSSB, Bengaluru-based private company, beneficiary candidates and others, and caused gross irregularities in the 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,” the CBI has said.

There were also allegations that besides the money, even sexual favours were sought from the female candidates for recruitment.

Not just the J&K Police sub-inspector scam but another major irregularity in the finance accounts assistant recruitment also took place during the tenure of Khalid as Chairman of the JKSSB.

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