The CBI Tuesday registered cases in connection with alleged irregularities in the appointment of persons related to politicians and a retired judge at Bokaro Steel Plant and other SAIL offices. After registering an FIR, the probe agency carried out searches at 35 locations in Delhi, Mumbai, Ranchi and Bhopal.
According to the CBI, 13 appointments were made using unfair means, most of them at Bokaro Steel Plant. Among those named by the CBI as having got jobs by allegedly using influence are Rajkumar Jatiya, son of BJP Rajya Sabha candidate from Madhya Pradesh Satyanarayan Jatiya. Rajkumar was employed as junior manager in marketing division of SAIL.
S M Razi, son of former Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibtey Razi, got a job as junior manager in the sales division, and Yogesh Chandra Patnaik, son of retired Jharkhand High Court judge D G R Patnaik, was employed as junior manager.
Satyanarayan Jatiya, who was a minister in the NDA regime, denied the allegations against his son and said he got the job on merit. “My son did his masters in business administration, applied and got the job. He has done nothing wrong,” he told reporters in Bhopal.
Madhya Pradesh BJP chief Narendra Singh Tomar claimed the raid was politically motivated and that the UPA government was misusing the central agency.
According to the CBI, the appointments were made in 2008 without following the proper recruitment process. No proper advertisement was given in national newspapers and applications were accepted after cut-off dates, it alleged.
The CBI named then CMD of Bokaro Steel Plant V K Srivastava and then executive director Giwesh Mishra for allegedly helping the accused. Sources in the CBI said an inquiry was conducted by the vigilance branch of Bokaro Steel Plant but no action was taken.
The agency registered two cases. The first case was registered under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) along with cheating and forgery and several other provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act against Mishra and seven other former and present officials of Bokaro Steel Plant and SAIL. The second was registered under similar provisions against Srivastava and 14 present and former employees of the plant.
WITH ENS BHOPAL