Seven years after a scam in recruitment of conductors in the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) came to light, the police have finally prepared its challan in the case. Of 144 candidates selected, the credentials of 70 were found to be doubtful.
Now, the UT police will submit a challan in court in two weeks against the 86 accused who were arrested for allegedly impersonating or cheating in the exam.
“Our focus was to arrest the accused. We arrested 86 of 113 suspects. The other challenge was to record the statements of all photographers who videographed the candidates and this was a time-consuming process. Suspects would have escaped in case there was delay in arrests,” said Pawan Kumar, DSP crime branch.
“The challan was under scrutiny and now we are ready with it. All objections to challan prepared initially have been removed now,” a senior police official said.
CAUSES OF DELAY
Sources said the delay resulted as several investigation officers were changed in the case. It is also claimed that the initial investigating officer SI Rakesh Kumar also took his time in handing over the case files to the new IO.
“Kumar was repeatedly asked to submit the documents, but he took his time. He was even issued a notice for delaying the handing over, two years ago,” a senior police officer said.
DGP Tajender Singh Luthra was requested to give a comment through a text messages. He replied that he was out of town and that the SSP was to be contacted for any query. SSP Eish Singhal could not be reached and did not respond to text messages.
•CTU conducted recruitment exam for 144 posts of conductors. Over 19,000 candidates took the written exam on October 3, 2010. Results were announced on February 25, 2011.
•Eventually it was a learnt that 139 of 144 selected candidates are natives of Haryana following which an enquiry was marked.
•Signature specimens of the candidates were taken and they were video graphed. Those were sent to CFSL, Sector 36. Seventy candidates were found to be using unfair means
•Following the instructions of Director Transport, Chandigarh police registered a case at Industrial area police station on September 2, 2011.The case was handed over to crime branch.
•Police arrest 86 people, including candidates, impersonators and middle men