The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) director has transferred two officials of the recruitment cell after receiving a confidential report on the case of bribery calls made to job aspirants.
The recruitment cell was dealing with the recruitment of various technicians, which is under the scanner following reports carried in Hindustan Times.
Sources said the transfers were done on the basis of a confidential report prepared by chief vigilance officer of the institute Dr Surjit Singh. After the report was submitted to director Dr YK Chawla, Rohit Kumar Gupta, a stenographer posted in the branch for a long time, and private consultant Suresh Sharma were transferred.
Following the HT reports, the PGIMER administration had given a complaint to the police, following which Ashok Kumar, 59, and Gurgaon-based Khyali Ram Meena, 46, were arrested by the cyber cell of the Chandigarh police.
Earlier, Mohit, 23, a resident of Sector 46, and Sector-47 resident Harpreet Singh, 38, were arrested in the case. Mohit is Ashok Kumar’s son. All the accused are still in judicial custody. The institute director had also ordered a vigilance probe in the case.
The internal involvement couldn’t be ruled out from the very beginning. The recruitment interviews of technicians were so foolproof that even the board interviewing the candidates did not have any knowledge about the credentials of candidates appearing before them.
In such a scenario, some outsider getting an access to confidential information of the candidates on their own, as police claimed, had left even the interview board members in a fix.
Hindustan Times, on June 10, in an exclusive story had reported how several candidates, who had appeared in the test held for the post of technician, had been receiving calls, wherein the caller asked them to pay anywhere between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 4 lakh for securing a job at PGIMER. The caller, claiming to be a PGI official, had called up only those who had cleared the written examination and got the interview calls. To prove their credibility, the callers also shared confidential information of the candidates.