Two brothers, kayashthas from Uttar Pradesh, joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in the scheduled caste category, according to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
However, their father had qualified for the Indian Police Service (IPS) in the general slot in 1973, the agency has found. He was in the Maharashtra cadre.
The kayashthas fall in the general category as far as the civil services examinations are concerned.
Father Pramod Chandra Bisaria, a general category officer, and sons Abhinav Chandra of the 2001 batch and Abhishek Chandra, who joined the service in 2003, have been charge sheeted on allegations of forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy.
Abhinav Chandra belongs to the West Bengal cadre while his brother has been allotted Manipur-Tripura.
“We found that the father is a kayastha from Uttar Pradesh. However, the two sons had secured false scheduled caste certificates from the principal of a school in Jalgaon (Maharashtra),” a senior CBI officer said on condition of anonymity.
“We have informed the ministry of personnel and training and the state governments concerned about the charge sheet and requested them to take action against them,” the officer said.
When the charge sheet against the brothers came up for hearing in the Karkardooma court in Delhi, the accused moved the Agartala bench of the Gauhati High Court.
The high court stayed the charge sheet and the case is on.
In view of the high court order, on October 23 last year, the Karkardooma court decided not to proceed with the charge sheet. When contacted, Abhinav Chandra said: “My father joined the IPS in the general category in 1973. But in 1976, our caste was notified as scheduled caste.”