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JBT-TGT recruitment scam: Aspirants were made to cram answers, says police

SIT constituted in August 2016 is in process of submitting a challan

punjab Updated: Aug 03, 2017 14:08 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
JBT-TGT recruitment scam,Aspirants,cram answers
A special investigation team (SIT) was constituted in August, 2016.(Representative image/HT Photo )

The ability of their candidates to mug up answers to the leaked question papers is what the kingpins of the trained graduate teachers (TGTs) and junior basic training (JBT) teachers recruitment scam relied upon to secure a job for them.

The JBT-TGT exam was conducted for filling 1,150 posts between January and February 2015. The paper was leaked from a Delhi-based printing press. The UT police registered a case following a communication from the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on July 19, 2016.

A special investigation team (SIT) was constituted in August 2016, and after about a year the police are in process of submitting a challan. Unlike other paper leaks, the accused in this case used to give the question paper to the aspirants two days before the examination so that they could memorise the questions and answers and walk into the exam without any chits or other telltale aids.

“The accused used to take the aspirants in batches to a hotel in Lucknow, where they were given papers for memorising,” said Krishan Kumar, DSP (Operations). “The trick was simple – the kingpins prepared a key by picking up a word from the question and then providing an answer, which the aspirants had to memorise,” said the DSP, who has been investigating the case for over a year.

“We have prepared a detailed chargesheet against all the accused, it will be filed soon,” he added.

The masterminds of the scam first used to get the leaked paper and then scout for “clients” depending on the question paper they had got. This was done through touts who would tap the applicants concerned. The papers were leaked from two printing presses in Delhi and Lucknow in which they already had connections. “They used to get question paper first and then search for aspirants,” said the DSP.

“The accused, Guruji and Shiv Bahadur, were also involved in other major scams, including the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, the Telangana medical paper leak of 2016 and the Chit Fund scam,” said Sector-31 station house officer (SHO) inspector Jaswinder Kaur, who is part of the SIT.


When was the scam unearthed?

The JBT-TGT exam was conducted for posts of 1,150 teachers from January to February 2015. The paper was leaked from a Delhi-based printing press. An FIR was registered by Chandigarh Police following a communication from the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on July 19, 2016. Police claimed that at least 300 aspirants who took the test after they got the papers were enrolled as teachers in Chandigarh.

Who are the accused?

The police have arrested 16 persons, including the kingpin, Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, alias Mithilesh Pandey, who also goes by the name of Guruji and Masterji, his accomplice Shiv Bahadur, Shailesh Kumar and Bijender Nain. Earlier, the Punjab Vigilance had arrested Dinesh Yadav. The other accused include Sandeep, Devinder, Shushila Rana, and Naveen Kumar and Satinder Hooda, who had joined in various government schools of Chandigarh. At present, only four of the accused — Guruji, Shiv Bahadur, Shailesh and Hooda — are lodged in jail.

What was the modus operandi?

Investigations have revealed that Guruji hired agents to leak the question papers of various examinations. It was Shiv Bahadur’s responsibility to leak the paper from the Delhi press. The accused sold the papers for Rs 1.5 crore to co-accused Dinesh Yadav, who has also been arrested, and for Rs 78 lakh to Brijendra Nain. Nain arranged a bus to take all the candidates from Sonepat to Lucknow, where they were taken in batches of five to six by Guruji to a hotel and provided the papers to memorise.

How much they earned?

Sources say the accused sold the question papers to more than 500 persons and charged them anywhere between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 10 lakh. The conduits received a commission of Rs 1 lakh.

Where did they invest the money?

Guruji and Shiv Bahadur invested their money in real estate. Shiv Bahadur bought a palatial house in Varanasi, costing around Rs 2.5 crore, while Guruji purchased three flats. RS Rawat, who had contacts in the printing press and died of brain haemorrhage in September 2016, too bought properties at Laxmi Nagar in Delhi.

First Published: Aug 03, 2017 14:08 IST