Graft cloud on PGI recruitment: Police probe leaves a trail of unanswered questions

  • Vishav Bharti and Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 18, 2015 17:02 IST

Although the Chandigarh Police have ruled out the role of any insider in the case of bribery calls made to job aspirants at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), several questions remain unanswered in the police investigation.

According to sources in the PGIMER, access to the kind of details the racketeers had could have been with only a couple of people belonging to the institute.

The sources said the information obtained by the computer section of the institute and presented to the senior officials had ruled any kind of hacking of data from the institute’s website.

A senior official of the institute said even if, going by the police claims, the racketeers managed to access the candidates’ basic information, like the date of birth and application number, the question that still remains unanswered is that from where they got this information.

“When the institute is so concerned about cyber security that PGIMER’s senior officials have undergone training in cyber data protection abroad, the system can’t be that flawed, as being claimed by the police,” said a senior functionary of the institute.
Moreover, the police failed to establish gaps in the investigation, like how the racketeers formed the gang.

A senior police official, seeking anonymity, said the investigations were under way, but so far, they could not establish the role of any insider.

According to the police, the two accused obtained candidates’ details from the PGI website by downloading the notification concerned from its archives. Then, they used a candidate’s application number as the log-in ID and the date of birth as the password on the candidates’ log-in portal to get the details.

Hindustan Times last Wednesday reported how several candidates, who had recently appeared in the test held for the post of technician, had been receiving calls, wherein the caller asked them to pay anywhere between `2 lakh and `4 lakh for securing a job at the PGIMER.

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 his credibility, the caller also shared confidential information of the candidates. Following the reports, the PGIMER administration had given a complaint to the police, following which Ashok Kumar, 59, and Khyali Ram Meena, 46, were arrested on Monday by the cyber cell of the UT police. Earlier, Ashok Kumar’s son Mohit, 23, and Harpreet Singh, 38, were arrested in the case.

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