Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has arrested Sukhpreet Singh, a senior assistant (accounts) with the Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation (Punsup) posted in Faridkot, for his alleged involvement in government jobs recruitment scam.
VB sleuths also recovered Rs 16 lakh from his house in Bathinda. This is second recovery in the case, after the bureau seized Rs 40 lakh from Amandeep Singh, Sukhpreet’s friend and accomplice. The two had facilitated selective leakage of question papers for various recruitment examinations to at least 17 candidates. Sukhpreet has been on the run for over two months, after a case was registered against the duo.
The scam involves examinations conducted by Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, on behalf of Punjab government departments. The VB has discovered two modules of the scam: one run by Mithilesh Pandey in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, and another by Suresh Yadav in Najafgarh, Haryana. The two are on the run. They allegedly got question papers from a Delhibased press, from where PU got these printed.
The candidates were contacted by the two kingpins directly or through conduits. In some cases, candidates who bought the leaked question papers also became conduits. Sukhpreet and Amandeep were such candidate-turned-conduits, said VB sources. While Sukhpreet managed to get a job as senior assistant (accounts) in Punsup by allegedly accessing the question paper, Amandeep became an inspector in the corporation and was posted at Muktsar. VB officers said the two were in touch with Pandey for the question papers.
HELPED LEAK PAPERS OF LOCAL GOVT DEPT, PUDA
Sukhpreet, son of an employee of the Bathinda municipal corporation, began his career as a clerk in a rural bank in Amritsar.
Once Amandeep and he were recruited in March-April 2015, the two started helping Pandey in contacting candidates wanting to buy question papers of examinations of the local government department and Punjab Urban Development Authority in November 2015. The two collected Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh from each candidate.
Sukhpreet also got his sister Sandeep selected as a senior assistant in the local government department.
The VB has a list of 17 candidates who got the question papers from the duo.
The two worked in tandem with Malout’s Akali councillor Sham Lal, alias Daddi, who has been arrested. Daddi, who was only a conduit, allegedly made Rs 1.5 crore from a dozen students for arranging meetings with these two.