January 12, 2014 1:04:04 am
Following the completion of its Preliminary Enquiry (PE) into the recent appointments of Group C and Group D employees in the Dehradun-based Indian Military Academy (IMA), the CBI has registered two cases against several people, including three Lieutenant Colonel-rank officers.
The officers whose names figured in the list are Lt. Col. Akhilesh Mishra, the then MTO at IMA, Lt. Col. Jagdish Vishnoi, the then Catering Officer at IMA and Ambarish Tiwari, the then Admin Officer in Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC). They face charges for issuing fake experience certificates to candidates. Other accused include members of the selection board for Group C and erstwhile Group D posts and several selected candidates under these categories.
The CBI had started the PE after report of alleged irregularities in the recruitment process of 59 Group C and 227 Group D category employees. “We had begun PE about six months back. The RCs were lodged by the CBI on January 3, 2014,” a source in the CBI said. According to him, the CBI is likely to file a chargesheet. During the course of the investigation, the CBI found that the candidates who did not fulfill the minimum criteria were recruited by officers of IMA.
The charge against the three Army officers is that they issued false experience certificates to candidates who were finally selected by the recruitment boards. According to the CBI, answersheets of 16 candidates were found to have been not written by them.
The CBI’s PE also found that 34 candidates were found recruited on the basis of forged documents.
Apart from different sections of the Prevention of Corruption act 1988, the CBI has registered the cases under sections 120 B, 420, 467, 468, and 471 of the IPC. On being contacted, spokesperson Major Prashant Tripathi said that IMA is still waiting for the CBI report.
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