J&K SI recruitment scam: Premises of ex-SSB chair, controller, cops among 36 searched across country

Srinagar: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday conducted searches at around 36 locations in four states and two union territories in an ongoing investigation of a case related to the Sub Inspector recruitment scam of Jammu and Kashmir.
After the selection list of 1200 police sub inspectors was issued, there were allegations of large-scale corruption and bungling in the recruitment. Nearly one lakh aspirants had appeared in the exams.
The CBI investigations into the scam has so far 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 spokesperson R C Joshi said involvement of a “gang” domiciled in Haryana, certain teachers of J&K, some serving/retired personnel of CRPF, J&K Police and J&K Services Selection Board has allegedly come to light.
Today’s raids by the CBI are the second biggest crackdown by the CBI in the scam.
CBI spokesperson said the agency sleuths today conducted searches at Jammu, Srinagar in J&K; Karnal, Mahendergarh, Rewari in Haryana; Gandhidham in Gujarat; Delhi; Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh and Bangalore in Karnataka.
“The searches were conducted 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 in an on-going investigation of a case related to sub inspector recruitment scam of J&K,” he said, adding incriminating documents and digital evidences have so far been recovered during searches.
CBI had registered a case on August 3, 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 JKSSB on March 27. The results were declared on June 4 .
There were allegations regarding malpractices in the examination. The J&K government had 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 & 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 a Bengaluru based private company.
Searches were earlier conducted on August 5 at 30 locations including at Jammu, Srinagar, Bengaluru etc. at the premises of the accused.

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