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BPSC scam: 11 arresetd by State Vigilance

The Vigilance Bureau on Friday arrested 11 government officials from different places on the charges of forgery, cheating and corruption, reports Ramashankar.
By Ramashankar | None, Patna
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2007 09:29 PM IST

The Vigilance Bureau on Friday arrested 11 government officials from different places on the charges of forgery, cheating and corruption. Their names figured in the list of 184 candidates selected by the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) for promotion to the Bihar Administrative Service cadre.

Additional Director General (ADG), Vigilance, Neelmani said separate Bureau teams with the help of district police officials carried out raids in Patna, Gaya, Nawada, Bettiah, Samastipur, Motihari and Goplaganj and arrested the government employees posted in different departments.

He said that a case (number 19/05) was registered at the Vigilance police station against 13 BPSC officials, including two former chairpersons, Ram Singhasan Singh and Razia Tabasum.

During the investigation, the Bureau officials found glaring irregularities in the selection of the candidates. "The Bureau has enough evidence of tampering with relevant documents, answersheets and erasing data from the computer server in collusion with BPSC employees," the ADG said.

The investigation carried out by the Bureau has revealed that the BPSC officials accepted huge money as bribe from the candidates to favour them. "Scrutiny of bank accounts of some successful candidates revealed that lakhs of rupees were withdrawn between the dates of interview and recommendations for their selection," Neelmani said, adding that the investigation has also confirmed the complicity of some BPSC officials.

Besides, the two former persons, Singh and Tabasum, BPSC members Dr Devnandan Sharma and Dr Shivbalak Choudhary, deputy secretary, Syed Masoom Ali and assistant secretary Tej Narayan Singh have already been chargesheeted in the case.

Chargesheet against four beneficiaries and a broker Dr Subodh Kumar had also been submitted in the special vigilance court. Bureau officials said the Supreme Court last month quashed the order of stay on the arrest of the candidates by the Patna High Court.

The High Court recently directed the Bureau to complete the investigation. The Court is monitoring the progress in the investigation of the case under CWJC number 7725/2005.

The arrested employees have been identified as Ram Avtar Prasad, store clerk, PMCH, Ashok Kumar, clerk, Patna collectorate, Ajay Kumar, accounts clerk, Patna collectorate, Sunil Kumar, typist, general section, Patna, Md Imtiyaz Khan, supply inspector, Gaya, Ganesh Prasad, circle inspector, Gaya, Anil Bhardwaj, junior selection grade assistant, Nawada, Syed Khursheed Anwar, Urdu translator, Lauria (East Champaran), Ram Vriksha Kumar, assistant teacher, Vilaspur, Samastipur, Maruti Kumar Gupta, assistant, block office, Sikrahna (East Champaran) and Vinod Kumar Rai, junior clerk, Gopalganj.

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