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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday lodged an FIR against unidentified officials of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) and other unknown persons in connection with alleged irregularities in appointments made between 2012 and 2017. Earlier this year, the agency had conducted a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the allegations after the Yogi Adityanath government recommended a CBI probe into the matter last year. The UPPSC had, however, challenged the government’s decision in Allahabad High Court, but the court quashed it.
The commission then filed a plea in the Supreme Court, which has asked for the Centre’s reply on the matter. The high court had barred the CBI from questioning either the serving chairman or any other member of the UPPSC in the matter. The CBI had conducted a PE into the appointments made between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2017, when the Samajwadi Party’s government was in power. As per the FIR lodged by the CBI’s anti-corruption wing, the unidentified officers/officials of UPPSC had connived with some private persons/candidates for their selection, especially in Upper Subordinate Examination, 2015, during which recruitment for 521 posts were made.
“The enquiry revealed that in PCS, 2015 exam, moderation was done and reports were submitted by the moderators in arbitrary manner. It revealed that unknown officials of UPPSC and unknown private persons entered into criminal conspiracy for purpose of cheating by abusing their official position by corrupt or illegal means. Due to this, some undeserving candidates qualified for the interviews on the basis of marks increased due to moderation… some of these (undeserving candidates) were finally selected, whereas some deserving candidates became ineligible for interview,” stated the FIR.
“Some candidates had marked unique features in their answer scripts, which could easily led to their identification during evaluation of the answer scripts,” as per the FIR. The FIR said these facts prima facie disclose commission of offences under IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and section 13 (2) and section 13 (1)(D) of Prevention of Corruption Act.
“In the paper of General Hindi, marks were changed between -15 to +21 on account of moderation. In the paper of Essay, marks were changed between -20 to +28 due to moderation. However, in most of the answer scripts, marks were not changed on account of moderation as no recommendation was made by head examiner about the other scripts. Moderation was done dishonestly and fraudulently in an arbitrary manner to show undue favour/disfavour to candidates,” the FIR said. The FIR also stated that UPPSC officers did not cooperate with the CBI in its probe.