Following Hindustan Times’ exposé that bribery calls were made to some of the candidates who had appeared in a test for the technician’s post at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Reserach (PGIMER), Chandigarh, the Chandigarh Police has arrested two alleged fraudsters in the case. Both were making calls to the candidates and were demanding bribe from them.
The police sources said that the arrested have been identified as Mohit Kumar and Harpreet Singh. The police said that both are outsiders, however, refused share further details about the duo.
Earlier an FIR under Section 420, 511 of IPC was registered at the Sector-11 police station, Chandigarh, on the complaint of PGIMER. The police officials said that investigation into the case was on.
Sources said that police were investigating whether or not the accused were in touch with any official from the institute. Hindustan Times had highlighted how it appeared to be an insider’s handiwork going by the confidential information of candidates the caller shared with the applicants.
The callers who were demanding bribe had confidential records of the candidates including their academic background, their marks in the written examination etc.
Hindustan Times on Wednesday had reported how several candidates, who had recently appeared in the test held for the post of technician, have been receiving calls, wherein the caller asked them to pay anywhere between Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh for securing the job at the PGIMER. Even candidates who couldn’t qualify the examination were asked to pay Rs 10 lakh to Rs 14 lakh to get jobs at the institute.
The caller, claiming to be a PGI official, had called only those who had cleared the written examination and got the interview calls. To prove their credibility, the caller also shared confidential information of the candidates. The calls had been made from mobile number 75086-50905.
Following the reports, the PGIMER administration had given a complaint to police for appropriate action. The director had also marked an internal vigilance inquiry.
Significantly, there were around 130 posts of junior laboratory technician, junior technician (X-ray) and operating theatre assistant, for which interviews were held on May 6 and the selection process was already complete, and there were 78 posts for medical technologists, for which examination were held in February.