Alleged PSI Recruitment Scam: CBI arrests seven accused persons

Jammu : The sleuths of Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday has arrested seven accused including Head Constable and Constables of CRPF, ASI of J&K Police and private persons in an on-going investigation of a case related to JKPSI Recruitment Scam.

The CBI spokesman said that seven arrested accused are being produced today before the Court of CJM, Jammu.

CBI had registered a case on 03.08.2022 on the request of J&K Government against 33 accused including then Medical Officer, BSF Frontier Hqrs, Paloura; then Member, JKSSB; then Under Secretary, then Section Officer (both of JKSSB); Ex Official of CRPF; ASI of J&K Police; Owner of a coaching centre, Akhnoor; private company based at Bengaluru; private persons and unknown others on the allegations of irregularities in written examination for the posts of Sub-Inspectors in the J&K Police conducted by J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB) on 27.03.2022. The results were declared on 04.06.2022.

There were allegations regarding malpractices in the examination. The J&K Govt had constituted an Inquiry Committee to look into the same.

It was alleged that the accused entered conspiracy amongst officials of JKSSB, Bengaluru based private company, beneficiary candidates and others, and caused gross irregularities in conduct of written examination for the posts of Sub-Inspectors.

It was further alleged that there was abnormally high percentage of selected candidates from Jammu, Rajouri and Samba districts.

Violation of rules by JKSSB was allegedly found in assigning the task of setting question paper to Bengaluru based private company.

Investigation has revealed that the alleged payment of Rs.20 to 30 lakh(approx) by willing candidates and their families to the accused for accessing the question paper before commencement of the examination.

Searches were earlier conducted at various locations in several States including J&K, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka at the premises of accused(Retired & serving officials) and other persons which led to recovery of large number of incriminating documents and digital evidences.

It was found during investigation that the said accused in conspiracy with others including their relatives allegedly leaked the question paper, solicited candidates for sale of leaked question paper, received/collected huge cash around twenty lakh and transferred the same to different bank accounts.

The arrested persons were identified as Pawan Kumar, Head Constable, CRPF, Amit Kumar Sharma, Constable, CRPF, Atul Kumar, Constable, CRPF, Sunil Sharma, Constable/Cook, CRPF, Jaisuriya Sharma, ASI, J&K Police, Tarsem Lal of Pathankot, Punjab and Asheesh Yadav of Rewari(Haryana).

Out of 13 accused arrested earlier, 09 are presently in Judicial Custody and 04 are in Police Custody.

Investigation is in progress, he added.