Recruitment scam: Charges framed against Hry's ex-DGP
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court, Haryana, here on Friday framed charges of cheating, criminal conspiracy, forgery and corruption against former Haryana director general of police (DGP) MS Malik for alleged irregularities in the recruitment of constables in the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Haryana Armed Police (HAP) in 2003-04.chandigarh Updated: Feb 23, 2013 11:13 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court, Haryana, here on Friday framed charges of cheating, criminal conspiracy, forgery and corruption against former Haryana director general of police (DGP) MS Malik for alleged irregularities in the recruitment of constables in the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Haryana Armed Police (HAP) in 2003-04.
Malik, who retired in 2006, is an active member of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and is considered close to the Chautalas.
Charges were framed against Malik, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Arun Kumar and DSP Udey Shankar (now retired) under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using forged document as genuine) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
As per the CBI, in 2003-04, the selection board for filling 150 posts of constables from the Scheduled Caste (SC) category in the HAP and 350 posts of temporary constables in the GRP comprised then superintendent of police (SP, railways) Ravi Azad, Arun Kumar and Udey Shankar.
It was formed under Malik's orders, the investigating agency added.
The CBI submitted before the court that on July 4, 2004, before the declaration of results, Azad went to Malik's house in Chandigarh, where then DGP handed him a list of candidates for selection as GRP constables. Azad told his driver, Ranbir Singh, not to enter the visit in the vehicle's logbook. An accountant, Manjit Singh, who had come along with Azad, testified before the magistrate that Malik asked Azad to do the selection as per the list.
As per the CBI, Azad then directed his subordinates to take out the application forms of certain candidates whose names were dictated by him from the list. The subordinates then arranged the names district-wise and district SPs were informed to verify the candidates, the CBI said.
The CBI further submitted that the "order of merit was also dictated by Azad as per the list available with him and the final list was prepared by the staff on that basis."
It added, "All vacancies were illegally and improperly filled on the basis of the list. The PET (Physical Efficiency Test) registers were got prepared later on after adjusting the marks of candidates thus selected. The marks were initially adjusted in the loose record and later on noted in the registers. The loose records prepared was [sic] dishonestly destroyed by Azad a few days after the orders passed by the high court for CBI inquiry/investigation. Even the stated list provided by MS Malik could not be recovered during the investigation."
The Punjab and Haryana high court had handed over the case to the CBI on December 13, 2004. The investigating agency registered a case at its Chandigarh branch on June 19, 2006. Azad died in 2007.
As per the CBI, Azad asked his subordinates to put the loose record, list of eligible candidates in Physical Efficiency Test (PET), and the interview marks list in the boot of his official Ambassador car. The papers were then taken to a godown where these were set afire and destroyed.
The CBI said PET registers for GRP and HAP selection were sent by Azad to DSPs Arun Kumar and Udey Shankar, who signed these from the back date.