CBI arrests eight people, including son of RRB chief

Railway recruitment scam: CBI to arrest RRB chief

A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) uncovered a multi-crore Railways recruitment scam, investigations are focused around S M Sharma, Chairman of the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Mumbai, who has now been suspended.

According to sources, Sharma will be arrested and CBI has written to the Centre seeking permission to take Sharma into custody which they are unlikely to get today.

Ironically, S M Sharma was picked by Mamata Banerjee to clean up the mess in Railway recruitments.

Sharma’s son Vivek Bhardwaj Sharma was arrested for allegedly selling question papers. CBI also arrested the recently retired Additional Divisional Railway Manager(ADRM), Raipur A K Jagannatham, his son Srujan and a Raipur-based agent in simultaneous raids in Mumbai, Raipur, Calcutta, Hyderabad and Bangalore on Friday. (Read: CBI unearths Railway job scam)

"The then ADRM, Raipur in connivance with the officials of RRB, Mumbai could secure a copy of the question paper before the examination date and provided the same to several aspirants," the CBI spokesperson alleged.

Each candidate had to pay to the tune of Rs 3.5 lakh for getting selected, Bhal alleged, adding the aspirants were required to deposit their original certificates with Jagannathan. (Read: CBI statement on Railway recruitment scam)

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, he said.

Vivek, Jagannatham, Srujan and the agent were produced on Thursday in the designated court in Hyderabad and were remanded to 14 days judicial custody.

Other arrested were a employee of Health Department of Government of Andhra Pradesh and three Hyderabad-based agents.

The CBI said that searches in Mumbai have led to detection of Rs 60 lakh in banks accounts of the family members of S M Sharma and the agency has seized bank pass books and laptops. Recently, Vivek had allegedly purchased a Pajero from the ill-gotten money in the name of a relative.

"In Hyderabad, Rs 21.5 lakh in cash and original certificates of 444 aspirants were recovered from the residence of the then ADRM," Bhal said.

He said Rs 12 lakh were recovered from the possession of Jagannatham at a Hotel in Bangalore, where he was staying, along with incriminating documents, such as question papers and original certificates of the aspirants.

The CBI said several incriminating documents have been recovered from the searches at 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 Pilot (ALP) and on June 13 for Assistant Station Master(ASM).

The CBI asked railway jobs aspirants to be vigilant, saying similar scams were being perpetrated by several gangs in different parts of the country in connivance with Railways officials. (With PTI Inputs)

Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/railway-recruitment-scam-rrb-chief-suspended-32635.php?cp

CBI statement on railway recruitment scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has unearthed Railway Recruitment Scam by conducting simultaneous raids at Mumbai, Bangalore, Raipur, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The scam relates to the examinations of Assistant Loco Pilot and Assistant Station Master. It is estimated that the scam runs into several crores of rupees.

CBI has so far arrested eight accused persons i.e. son of Chairman, Railway Recruitment Board(RRB), Mumbai; the then Additional Divisional Railway Manager(ADRM); his son; one Raipur-based agent; one employee of Health Department of Government of Andhra Pradesh and three Hyderabad-based agents. The four arrested accused i.e. son of the Chairman, Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai; the then ADRM; son of ADRM and Raipur-based agent were produced yesterday in the designated court, Hyderabad and were remanded to fourteen days’ judicial custody. The remaining four arrested accused are being produced today in the designated court at Hyderabad.

At Mumbai, the searches have led to the detection of Rs 60 lakh in bank accounts of the family members of the Chairman, RRB, Mumbai besides bank pass books and laptops. Recently, son of the Chairman, Railway Recruitment Board has purchased a Pajero from the ill-gotten money in one of his relatives name.

At Hyderabad Rs 21.5 lakh in cash and original certificates of 444 aspirants were recovered from the residence of the then ADRM.

Rs 12 lakh were recovered from the possession of the then ADRM at a Hotel in Bangalore (where he was staying) along with incriminating documents, such as question papers and original certificates of the aspirants.

Several incriminating documents have been recovered from the searches at Kolkata, Hyderabad and Raipur. Searches at other places in the country are in progress.

The Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) across the country conduct examinations for induction of staff in Group ‘C’ category of the Indian Railways. On 6.6.2010, examinations were held across the country for the induction of Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) and on 13.6.2010 for Assistant Station Master (ASM).

The then Additional Divisional Railway Manager(ADRM), Raipur in connivance with the officials of RRB, Mumbai could secure a copy of the question paper before the examination date and provided the same to several aspirants mobilized by him with the help of his agents.

The aspirants of the examinations so mobilized were asked to pay huge amounts of money and deposit their original certificates with the then ADRM and only after that the question paper was provided to them one day prior to the examination. The agreement is to pay the remaining portion of money and take away the certificates after the declaration of the results. Each candidate pays to the tune of Rs 3,50,000/- for getting selected.

Action on the said modus operandi designed by the then ADRM with the help of his agents and officials of RRB was potential danger to the meritorious and deserving aspirants.

It is learnt that similar scams are being perpetrated by several gangs in different parts of the country in connivance with the public servants of Indian Railways. Hence, the aspirants should be vigilant and if such things are noticed, they should immediately bring it to the notice of the nearest branch of CBI.

 

1. Shri A.K. Jagannatham, the then ADRM, Raipur.

2. Shri Vivek Bhardwaj Sharma son of Shri S.M. Sharma, Chairman Railway, Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai.

3. Shri Sri Srujan son of Shri A.K. Jagannathaim, the then ADRM, Raipur.

4. Shri MRSN Murthy, agent of Raipur.

5. Shri A. Kumar Swamy, employee of Health Deptt. of Andhra Pradesh Govt.

6. Shri P. Ashok Kumar (Private person), agent, Hyderabad.

7. Shri J. Ramesh (Private person), agent, Hyderabad.

8. Shri J. Triupataiah (Private person), agent, Hyderabad.

 

 

CBI arrests eight people, including son of RRB chief

Press Trust of India, Updated: June 18, 2010 21:30 IST, New Delhi

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday claimed to have unearthed a multi-crore Railway recruitment scam and arrested eight persons, including son of Chairman of Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai, for allegedly leaking exam paper for money. (Read: CBI statement on railway recruitment scam)

"CBI has unearthed Railway recruitment scam by conducting simultaneous raids at Mumbai, Bangalore, Raipur, Kolkata and Hyderabad. This scam relates to the examination of Assistant Loco Pilot and Assistant Station Master. It is estimated that the scam runs into several crores of rupees," CBI spokesperson Harsh Bhal said.

Those arrested include Vivek Bhardwaj Sharma, son of S M Sharma, Chairman of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Mumbai, the then Additional Divisional Railway Manager(ADRM), Raipur A K Jagannatham, his son Srujan and a Raipur-based agent.

"The then ADRM, Raipur in connivance with the officials of RRB, Mumbai could secure a copy of the question paper before the examination date and provided the same to several aspirants," the CBI spokesperson alleged.

Each candidate had to pay to the tune of Rs 3.5 lakh for getting selected, Bhal alleged, adding the aspirants were required to deposit their original certificates with Jagannathan.

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, he said.

Vivek, Jagannatham, Srujan and the agent were produced on Thursday in the designated court in Hyderabad and were remanded to 14 days judicial custody.

Other arrested were a employee of Health Department of Government of Andhra Pradesh and three Hyderabad-based agents.

The CBI said that searches in Mumbai have led to detection of Rs 60 lakh in banks accounts of the family members of S M Sharma and the ganecy has seized bank pass books and laptops.Recently, Vivek had allegedly purchased a Pajero from the ill-gotten money in the name of a relative.

"In Hyderabad, Rs 21.5 lakh in cash and original certificates of 444 aspirants were recovered from the residence of the then ADRM," Bhal said.

He said Rs 12 lakh were recovered from the possession of Jagannatham at a Hotel in Bangalore, where he was staying, along with incriminating documents, such as question papers and original certificates of the aspirants.

The CBI said several incriminating documents have been recovered from the searches at 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 Pilot (ALP) and on June 13 for Assistant Station Master(ASM).

The CBI asked railway jobs aspirants to be vigilant, saying similar scams were being perpetrated by several gangs in different parts of the country in connivance with Railways officials.

Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/cbi-arrests-son-of-rrb-chiefunearths-railway-recruitment-scam-32529.php?u=2131&cp

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