Constable Vinod Kumar is posted with the intelligence wing of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, which monitors the movement of the Prime Minister’s cavalcade, among other tasks.
Constables Vijay Kumar and Ashok Kumar are posted with the 6th battalion of the Delhi Armed Police, which is the reserve force of the Delhi police commissioner.
All three had “cracked” the recruitment examination held by Delhi Police. Over one lakh aspirants appear for the exam every year.
Except, the three men who had taken the exam were not Vinod, Vijay and Ashok, according to sources in Delhi Police. They were “impersonators” who allegedly appeared on their behalf and helped them pass the exam.
The “impersonators”, and the constables, are part of a recruitment racket recently unearthed by Delhi Police. According to initial investigation, as many as 35 constables managed to “pass” the recruitment exam through the racket, which has been running for the last six years.
Four persons, including all three constables, have been arrested in connection with the racket. “Investigators are also probing the role of senior officials and more arrests are likely,” said a police source.
Confirming the arrests, Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Ravindra Singh Yadav said the three constables were held last week.
The Crime Branch realised something was wrong after its inter-state cell received a complaint about several residents from the same village, most of them educationally unqualified for the job, passing the exam.
“During investigations, police started scrutinising the details of constables who had been recruited from the same village, Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar district. They tracked down the first candidate Vinod Kumar, who was recruited in 2010 after he paid Rs 10 lakh to those running the racket,” said police sources.
“During questioning, police came to know that those behind the racket had procured fake education certificates for Kumar, who is a Class VIII dropout. He applied for the job with the fake certificate and got through the physical test. Later, he was put in touch with Mohit, an employee of a biometric company which worked with Delhi Police,” said sources.
Those applying for a job in Delhi Police need to have completed Class XII from a recognised educational board.
While someone else took the recruitment exam, pretending to be Kumar, Mohit tweaked the biometric details of Kumar to avoid fingerprint detection, said sources.
Kumar informed police about constables Vijay and Ashok, who had also passed the exam in the same fraudalent manner, they added.
“After he got a job in Delhi Police, Kumar started helping his relatives and the residents of his village. In the last six years, he helped as many as 30 men get constable jobs after taking Rs 10 lakh from each applicant. He gave Rs 2.5 lakh to Mohit and Rs 2.5 lakh to the impersonator,” added sources.