‘Fraud’ suspected in hiring of airport staff

Sources said the complainant told investigators that in 2012, an AAI department had invited applicants for 895 posts in 18 disciplines and the responsibility for the written examination was given to the private firm CPR

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2015 2:37:32 am
aai, airport authority of india, delhi airport, airport staff hiring, airport hiring, aai hiring, aai hiring fraud, airport authority of india fraud, aai fraud news, aai news, delhi news, india news In 2012, an AAI department had invited applicants for 895 posts in 18 disciplines and the responsibility for the written examination was given to the private firm CPR.

Delhi Police have registered a breach-of-trust case against the Centre for Police Research (CPR) following complaints of irregularities in the recruitment for jobs at Airport Authority of India (AAI). The case was registered with the Northern Range of Crime Branch following a complaint by Sanjay Jain, the general manager (vigilance) at the authority.

“Preliminary investigation has revealed that there is a strong possibility of the involvement of private persons, suspected to be from CPR, and investigators are working on those lines,” police sources said.

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Sources said the complainant told investigators that in 2012, an AAI department had invited applicants for 895 posts in 18 disciplines and the responsibility for the written examination was given to the private firm CPR. “A number of applicants approached and then two written examinations were conducted for 200 posts of junior executive (ATC) and 159 posts of junior executive (electronics) in 2012, besides 27 other written examinations for 536 vacancies at different levels in 16 disciplines,” a source said.

However, the corporate vigilance department received information about some “fraud” and started examining the recruitment process for 20 posts of junior engineer (IT). They found several irregularities, sources said. Not only was the recruitment process found to have been manipulated in favour of a set of candidates, they were also given the answer keys prior to the examination.

“As the matter did not fall under the purview of AAI vigilance department, it was later referred to the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI). After investigation, the investigation agency found that no public servant was involved in the matter, after which they have now forwarded the matter to the special commissioner of police (crime) for further action,” a police source said.

Joint commissioner of police (crime), Ravindra Yadav, on Thursday confirmed the registration of the FIR, but refused to divulge further details. The case has been registered under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. “The police are now examining the documents and other material provided by the central agency,” an officer said.

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