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CBI suspects larger scam

The four accused arrested for selling question papers of an Indian Navy recruitment exam had maintained a proper ledger with details pertaining to monetary transactions with the candidates.

mumbai Updated: Sep 28, 2010 00:57 IST
Manish Pachouly

The four accused arrested for selling question papers of an Indian Navy recruitment exam had maintained a proper ledger with details pertaining to monetary transactions with the candidates.

Investigators suspect the accused may be involved in a larger scam, leaking various exam papers for other posts in the defence forces.

Each page of the ledger, which is now in the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), had transaction details of two candidates.

“The accused had recorded the candidates’ roll numbers, names, residential addresses, money paid, location from where it was paid and balance due to them in the ledger,” a CBI official said, requesting anonymity.

The minimum amount in the entry made against a candidate was Rs 15,000, while the maximum was Rs 50,000.

The CBI on Saturday had arrested RC Naik, administrative officer of Western Naval Dockyard, DS Murthy, administrative officer of Eastern Naval Dockyard, Ranbir Singh Rawat, owner of Mansa International Defence Recruitment Agency in Visakhapatnam and Haryana-based teacher Hoshiyar Singh Rawat. The agency had also conducted raids and recovered Rs 1.85 lakh.

During subsequent raids on Rawat’s house and office in Visakhapatnam late on Sunday, the CBI recovered Rs 16.73 lakh in cash, which was kept in a suitcase and hidden in the kitchen, and another Rs 2.93 lakh from his office.

The CBI also found property papers and 50 passports of candidates. Praveen Salunke, deputy inspector general of the CBI’s anti-corruption bureau said Rawat had kept property papers of those candidates who could not pay the full amount and had promised to pay the balance later. “The property papers were kept as guarantee,” said Salunke.

The CBI believes Rawat was arranging for jobs abroad too. “The passports found at his office belong to aspirants,” an official said.

A search conducted at Naik’s Kharghar residence led to seizure of documents related to the purchase of a Rs 31-lakh flat. The CBI also seized a bank passbook that showed that Rawat had deposited cash in Naik’s account.

The raid on Murthy’s house in Visakhapatnam yielded the question paper of a similar defence exam held on August 20.