The CBI investigation of the alleged recruitment scam at NDA has revealed that the almost all candidates who had paid money for securing the job were youths from in and around Khadakwasla and were tapped through the arrested agents.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the CBI,Pune,has so far arrested two colonels with the NDA,Kulbir Singh and A K Singh,a civilian staffer with the establishment division of the NDA and five others from Khadakwasla who worked as agents and were instrumental in getting in touch with the candidates for Class IV and lower divisional clerk posts.
A senior officer with the CBI said,We got the list of candidates who had paid up from the a pen drive seized from A K Singh. Most of them are from areas near Khadakwasla. Only a few are from outside Pune. The candidates told us that they paid these agents as they were residents of these villages and the candidates knew them personally or got acquainted with them through someone else.
Superintendent of police with the CBI ACB Rajkumar Vhatkar confirmed that most of the candidates are local residents and were contacted through acquaintances. Another senior officer said,All the candidates we spoke to wanted to get into NDA due to the perks and salary the academy offers. Most of them have someone from their family or neighbourhood working as a class IV employee at the academy. NDA draws most of its class IV employees from villages around Khadakwasla.
The officer added,One of the agents,Balkrishna Kanojia,was a caterer while Vishnu Prasad Sharma,another agent,ran a small shop on NDA campus. After the advertisement appeared in the newspapers,many youths from Khadakwasla applied for the posts. Kanojia knew some of them and got in touch with them.