The Delhi branch of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case of cheating,criminal conspiracy and other offences under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption (Act) against two touts and a few public servants in the infamous UT teachers recruitment scam. Following the registration of the case,a team of CBI officials on Sunday conducted raids at four places in and around Chandigarh and questioned a few suspects,including former UT director public instructions (schools) Samwartak Singh Khangwal,a Haryana Civil Services officer and posted as secretary,Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
The scam had come to light in September 2009 with the arrest of two persons,Hardev and Jolly. Jollys father retired from the office of DPI (schools),Chandigarh. All three Hardev,Jolly and Samwartak Singh were being questioned at the time of filing this report.
The CBI team conducted search operations at several places,including the Sector 23 residence and office of Samwartak Singh. The team also searched the houses of Jolly and Hardev at Khuda Ali Sher and Sunny Enclave,Kharar,respectively. According to the CBI spokesperson,the team had recovered several incriminating documents during the raids.
In March this year,the Punjab and Haryana High Court had slammed the Chandigarh Police and Chandigarh branch of CBI for shoddy investigations into the case. The HC transferred the case investigation to Delhi CBI and made it clear that the court could not shut its eyes to an unabashed attempt to scuttle justice. In an indictment and embarrassment for the Chandigarh branch of CBI and UT Police,a division bench of the HC had observed that sufficient amount of suspicion has been aroused in the mind of the court indicating a complete cover-up by the CBI,Chandigarh branch.
The matter pertains to the allegations revolving around the teachers appointment,including 273 posts of master and mistress,235 posts of JBT teachers and 28 posts of NIT teachers by the UT Education Department. The written test was conducted on July 12,2009,and criteria for selection were not disclosed to the candidates. Allegations surfaced that jobs were being handed out for cash,which led to the registration of an FIR on the complaint of one Kamalpreet Kaur. It was alleged that middlemen in collusion with a few senior officials of the UT administration and Department of Education were demanding illegal gratification for appointment of teachers.
After conducting an inquiry,the Chandigarh branch of CBI,in its first verification report,prepared by Inspector Ghunjyal,recommended registration of a criminal case on charges of criminal conspiracy,cheating and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Samwartak Singh and a few unknown public servants. But,in a dramatic twist,within a few days,the Superintendent of Police,CBI,Chandigarh,did not agree with the report and let Samwartak Singh and others off the hook. The Chandigarh CBI neither recommended nor registered any criminal case in the scam.