A woman, who “illegally” stayed at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration at Mussoorie for six months, on Thursday accused a senior official of the Academy (which trains civil services probationers) of taking bribe and providing her with a fake identity card to facilitate her accommodation.
Appearing before media persons in Dehradun, Ruby Choudhari said: “I had paid a bribe of Rs five lakh to the official for a job in the Academy’s library. I frequently visited the Academy to pursue my case, but I was not a regular resident.” She said the official also arranged a fake identity card of the Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Nainital, for her. The ID card identified her as an SDM. The official in question, however, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
According to Choudhari, she came in contact with the official during a Vigyan Bhavan function in New Delhi last year and first visited the Academy in September 2014.
She also blamed the official for the fake identity card. “I had then protested against issuance of the I-card in my name. He did not respond to my objection,” she said.
As per Choudhari’s statement, the Academy on March 27 sealed the room in which her belongings were kept. “Why did the Academy fail to register an FIR against me soon after sealing the room?” she asked. The LBSNAA had filed a police complaint against her on March 31. She also claimed that she did not go into hiding, but was allowed to leave the campus on March 27.
Replying to emails sent to the director of the IAS Academy, Joint Director D Nariala said security guard Deb Singh has been placed under suspension and a departmental inquiry has been initiated against him for sub-letting a government quarter. A committee has been set up to inquire into the matter.
Nariala said Choudhari was asked about her unauthorised stay at the Academy. “She said that she had been staying in Type-1 residential quarter of an Academy staff member, Mr Deb Singh, since January 16, 2015 as a paying guest and had visited the Academy couple of times earlier as well. After preliminary inquiry, the lady was asked to leave the Academy premises,” the email said.
On further investigation, it came to notice that she has been posing as an SDM, an IAS officer trainee and an employee of Ministry of Textiles to the concerned security guard, the email said. “An ID card, supposedly issued from ATI Nainital, was found in the room she had been occupying. In view of these facts, an FIR was lodged with the local police station on March 31 for further investigation,” the joint director said.
In Kutubi, Ruby’s native village in Muzaffarnagar, her parents recall how she had called them up in September telling them that she had finally cleared the civil service exams after having taken the exam thrice before. “She was very happy and excited. I accompanied her to the Academy in Mussoorie and signed all the documents she needed me to. But I did not go inside the quarters. She did not take me inside. I was out on the porch for an hour after which I left for home,” her father Satyaveer Singh said.
Over 60 kilometres away, Ruby’s husband Vijender Singh, seated in his two-storeyed bungalow in Meerut’s posh Ganga Sagar colony, claimed that his wife was framed by the senior officials of the Academy.
“One of the senior-most officers at the Academy offered Rs 5 crore asking her not to name him. The guard Deb Singh, who has now been dismissed, told me that he had sublet the quarter to her after this officer directed him to do so. But it is my wife who is being disgraced and no one is holding the officer concerned responsible only because he is a senior IAS officer,” he said.
Vijender, a property dealer, claimed that he had met Ruby in early December last year in Ghaziabad where he was working out a property deal. They then decided to marry against her parents’ wishes.
“Ruby told me she had cleared Civil Services Exam and was enrolled at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration at Mussoorie. That was all I ever knew about her. We got married on January 30 this year. However, she used to often take leave from the Academy and visit my home which is why I got suspicious and decided to check for myself.”
Vijender said he contacted Ruby’s younger brother Mohit, who also did not clear the civil services exam last time, on March 17. “Both of us went to the Academy and Ruby was not there. However, we were told that no one by that name was enrolled as an IAS officer in the Academy. I immediately called up Ruby and asked her why her name was not on the rolls in the Academy. She, however, told me to trust her. And I did till this fiasco broke out,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ruby’s mother said: “We are going to disown her. My husband here spoke to the district magistrate and told him he will announce in the papers that he has only three children. She has brought us such shame.”