Skeletons tumbled out of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed cases against three serving lieutenant colonels in a major recruitment scam at the Indian Army’s prestigious school for nurturing future officers.
The investigating agency was also zeroing on other high-ranking Army officials, including a Major General, who had earlier served at the IMA, nestled in picture-postcard settings around 8 km from here.
A CBI spokesperson said that two cases have been filed against Lt Col and former IMA military transport officer (MTO) Akhilesh Mishra, then selection board member and IMA catering head Lt Col Jagdish Vishnoi and former admin officer of Rashtriya Indian Military College Lt Col Ambrish Tiwari.
The three officers – now posted elsewhere – are accused of issuing fake experience certificates to candidates in recruitment of 283 grade C and D cadres in the institute in 2011-2012.
The cases have been registered “under sections 120B, 420, 467, 468, 471 of IPC and 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act”, the spokesperson added.
Sources in the investigating agency, however, said that the charge-sheet would be filed only after evidence is gathered against all the other suspects.
The accused, charged with forgery, conspiracy and issuing fake certificates to candidates, are likely to be interrogated soon, the sources said.
The sources claimed that the agency's sleuths have “established” the guilt of the major general in issuing fake testimonies like experience and other certificates to candidates.
Besides, the CBI is also planning to dig out records of similar recruitment drives held earlier to nail other officials who may have been be involved in similar malpractices.
The CBI took over investigation into the IMA recruitment scam in 2012 following the nod from union home and defense ministries. The case is based on a complaint lodged by a former academy employee.
The IMA had already terminated the services of 37 employees immediately after scam was unearthed.
The CBI has so far established 53 cases of fake documentation by IMA officers.
IMA public relations officer (PRO) Major Prashant, however, claimed that the academy is not linked with the recruitment scam as the CBI is investigating the role of the recruitment board “which is a body of civil officers”.
“We have provided all the documents and testimonies provided by the candidates during recruitment. The IMA is fully cooperating with the agency. Now, we are waiting for the CBI reports in order to decide our future course of action,” the PRO said.