The UT Police have registered a First-Information-Report (FIR) in a case involving the leak of question papers of selection tests during the recruitment of 1,150 Junior Basic Teachers (JBT), Trained Graduate Teachers (TGT) and Nursery Trained Teachers (NTT) in Chandigarh in January-February 2015. Hindustan Times was first to highlight the scam.
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) had written to the UT education secretary Sarvjit Singh and inspector general of police Tejinder Singh Luthra regarding the scam and asked for the registration of a case and further probe into the matter.
The vigilance is probing a recruitment scam in Punjab government departments with Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, entrusted with conducting the selection tests where it came during the investigations that a question paper was leaked to at least 25 candidates, all of who were selected and are now serving in government schools in the city. “We have registered a case under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act at the Sector 11 police station,” said Ram Gopal, DSP (central).
He added that the police had booked all those who had been named by the vigilance in a communication to the police.
Vigilance officials claim that these candidates, all from two districts of Haryana, were taken in a mini-bus by one conduit to Lucknow, where the question papers were leaked. There could be other candidates who managed to access the question papers through other conduits, officials added.
PU conducted these tests on the behalf of Chandigarh administration over two days in January and February last year.
Vigilance has discovered two modules of the scam: one run by Mithilesh Pandey, in Lucknow, and another by Suresh Yadav in Najafgarh, Haryana. The two are on the run. The Chandigarh link was revealed when VB was questioning one Satinder Hooda, a resident of Manimajra, who was in touch with Pandey.
Hooda and his wife Poonam were selected as teachers allegedly using leaked question paper.
Vigilance officials told Chandigarh police that Pandey’s man Naresh Yadav (already arrested) got in touch with a Sonepat resident, Brijender Nain to find candidates appearing for teacher tests.