The CBI-Anti-Corruption Bureau on Monday arrested Colonel Anil Kumar Singh,the presiding officer for conducting exams for civil employees for various posts and physical training officer (PTO) in the National Defence Academy (NDA),after CBI special court judge D R Mahajan cancelled his anticipatory bail.
The CBI,while opposing his bail plea,told the court that it had intercepted telephonic conversations between the officers arrested in connection with the scam. The CBI had recorded the conversations between Colonel Singh and seven other accused about bribe amounts to be collected from certain candidates. While over 50 conversations and transcripts have been collected,the accused also used satellite phones to avoid being traced, senior public prosecutor (CBI) Ijaz Khan told the court.
He (Khan) has shown me one such transcript. There appears to be prima facie involvement of the applicant (Singh) in the commission of this crime, Mahajan observed.
Singh was the chairman of the Board of Examinations,consisting of four members,for conducting examinations. The standard operating procedure (SOP) mandates that after writing the examination,the answersheets must be sealed under signatures of all board members. Singh kept all the answersheets with him in an unsealed condition. It was easy for him to make changes in them, the court said while cancelling his bail.
The court further stated that on certain answersheets,it appeared that some of the answers for objective type questions marked by the candidates were cancelled with a different ink. As the applicant (Singh) was the custodian of the answersheets,there is every possibility that he must have done the changes. The CBIs contention that Singh made the changes to pass the candidates from whom the bribe was received seems to have substance, the court said.
The CBI also told the court that the main accused Colonel Kulbir Singh had admitted to handing over the bribe amount of Rs 52 lakh in cash to Col A K Singh.
On June 28,Singh had applied for interim anticipatory bail,which was granted by the court the same day.
On June 30,the CBI investigating officer Rajpal Singh filed an application for cancellation of the interim anticipatory bail on the ground that Col Singh was not attending the CBI office for interrogation.