Of the first 100 toppers in the scam involving the UT teachers’ recruitment held in 2015 wherein candidates allegedly paid lakhs to get jobs of trained graduate teachers (TGTs) and junior basic training (JBT) teachers in Chandigarh government schools, 85 are from Haryana.
This despite the fact that there was a Punjabi language test carrying 25 marks and the Haryana topper scored as high as 162 marks out of 200.
The special investigation team (SIT) probing the case said most of the Haryana toppers are from Rohtak, Sonepat and Rewari while the remaining 15 who made it to top 100 are from Chandigarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and New Delhi.
“Maximum candidates among top 250 are from Haryana despite candidates from there are not well versed with the Punjabi language,” a senior official said.
Another official said that Haryana candidates were not given answer keys of Punjabi section so that no one doubts the authenticity of the results.
“We have identified 25 candidates so far. There are several modules operating in the region, especially in Haryana. The number of beneficiaries is likely to go up,” the official said.
Police claimed that of the 25 alleged beneficiaries it has identified in the teachers’ recruitment scam, 17 have joined as teachers in city government schools, three are on leave and five could not join due to age bar.
This has been revealed by the main accused, Brijender Nain, who is in police custody.
On July 29, the UT police had registered an FIR (first information report) in the alleged leak of question papers of selection tests for the recruitment of 1,150 junior basic training (JBT) teachers, trained graduate teachers (TGTs) and nursery training teachers (NTTs) in Chandigarh in January and February last year.
The tests were held at Panjab University (PU).
“We can’t rule out the possibility of the involvement of PU employees in the paper leak but we are not sure about it as of now. There is a possibility of paper leak from the place of printing also,” said an officer.
Earlier, the Punjab vigilance bureau had blown the lid of the scam with the arrest of Dinesh Yadav and had written to the UT education secretary and inspector general of police (IGP) to register a case in this connection.
GMSSS-21 TEACHER, MIDDLEMAN HELD
The special investigating team (SIT) of the UT police has arrested a beneficiary school teacher and a middleman in the teachers’ recruitment scam. The accused have been identified as Sandeep Kumar (26), who teaches at Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 21, and Sampuran (45) of Sonepat. “This is the first arrest of a beneficiary teacher in the UT teachers’ recruitmentcase so far as only middlemen were arrested by the Chandigarh police and the Punjab vigilance bureau.