Yet another recruitment scam related to selection of 'water carriers' (class-4 employees) has surfaced in the Chandigarh Police. Already facing criticism for failure to ensure fairness in the selection of assistant sub-inspectors (ASI), the cops have again quoted controversy. The ASI recruitment scam had hit the headlines in 2008.
The selection of water carriers that started almost three years back is heading towards cancellation with the senior police functionaries going deep into the recruitment process and alleged tampering with marks. The significance of the selection and surfacing of the scam can be judged from the fact that the police received around 8,000 applications for only 11 posts.
About two months back, 11 candidates out of 5,000 (left after initial scrutiny) were finalised and three of them in the merit list are facing the allegation of having their marks tampered with to ensure their selection.
The selections are being viewed with seriousness by the top police officials. The decision to relook into the selection process will affect the results of all 11 candidates, who were finalised after going through practical tests and interviews in the last one year.
The post of water carriers was advertised in August 2010, which included four vacancies for general category, one for Scheduled Castes, three for Other Backward Class. The candidates were supposed to be middle standard qualified from a recognised board or institution.
Giving details of tampering at the stage of final result preparation, a senior officer said marks of three candidates were found to be enhanced. He added that 16 marks were changed to 26, 19 to 29 and 20 to 30. The marks were changed to figure the candidates in the merit list.
A senior officer of the Chandigarh Police said initial verification by senior superintendent of police (traffic) Maneesh Chaudhry, when he took interviews, witnessed anomalies.
Prior to the interviews the candidates were subjected to practical test. The board constituted for appointments was required to verify the signatures and information provided by the candidates in their forms.
While scrutinising the forms, the SSP had highlighted that around 13 candidates had not filled correct information as the signatures on the forms did not match those appended in person on the spot. It amounted to impersonation, following which the 13 candidates were disqualified.
A board of three members headed by SSP (operations) RS Ghumman had initially conducted the recruitment process.
IGP RP Upadhyaya said, "I have asked Ghumman to expedite the recruitment process."
When questioned about tampering, the IGP said, "If there is something of this sort we will get the result reviewed."
Meanwhile, SSP Ghumman said, "The result is being compiled by SP Arun Kampani."