Defence minister AK Antony on Wednesday ordered the “immediate shifting” of National Defence Academy commandant Lt Gen Jatinder Singh to ensure a “free and fair investigation” into the alleged recruitment scam at the training facility.
Col Kulbir Singh, Lt Gen Jatinder Singh's staff officer, is among those arrested. It has been alleged that the staff officer in conspiracy with NDA employees and civilians had obtained illegal gratification to the tune of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh from each prospective candidate.
Rajkumar Vhatkar, superintendent, CBI Anti-Corruption Bureau, Pune, said, “Our headquarters had requested the ministry of defence to shift the NDA commandant. This was done to ensure a free probe.”
On Monday, CBI had arrested Col AK Singh, a physical training officer and presiding officer of the board appointed by the NDA for the recruitment drive.
A CBI spokesperson said the suspects had allegedly taken signature of candidates who had paid bribes or agreed to pay on blank answer sheets and later filled them with correct answers, cheating deserving candidates. After raids across the country, CBI officials have recovered Rs 1.76 crore cash and "incriminating documents". Investigating officials are also trying to trace a sum of Rs 52 lakh, which they suspect was paid to Col AK Singh by Col Kulbir Singh.
CBI counsel Ijaz Jhan has told the special court in Pune hearing the case that Col AK Singh had used satellite phones while talking to the other suspects to avoid being tracked.