Sub-Inspector Recruitment Scam of J&K: CBI conducts searches at 36 places in J&K, Haryana, Gujarat, Delhi, Karnataka

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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation was conducting searches around 36 locations in Jammu, Srinagar in J&K; Karnal; Mahendergarh; Rewari in Haryana; Gandhidham in Gujarat; Delhi; Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh & Bangalore in Karnataka at the premises of former Chairman, JKSSB; then Controller of Examination of JKSSB; Gang members domiciled in Haryana; certain teachers; some serving and retired officials of J&K Police including a DSP and CRPF in an on-going investigation of a case related to Sub-Inspector Recruitment Scam of J&K.

Incriminating documents and digital evidences have so far been recovered  during searches in the case, which is a repeat of the massive VYAPAM (Professional Examination Board) scam of Madhya Pradesh.

CBI had registered a case on 3 August 2022 on the request of J&K Government against 33 accused, including an ex Medical Officer, BSF Frontier Hqrs, Paloura; then Member, JKSSB; former Under Secretary and an ex Section Officer (both of JKSSB); Ex Official of CRPF; ASI of J&K Police; Owner of a coaching centre, Akhnoor; a private company based at Bengaluru; private persons and unknown others on the allegations of irregularities in written examination for the posts of Sub-Inspectors in the J&K Police conducted by J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB) on 27 March 2022. The results were declared on 4 June 2022. There were allegations regarding malpractices in the examination.

The J&K Govt had constituted an Inquiry Committee to look into the matter. It was alleged that the accused entered into a conspiracy with officials of JKSSB, Bengaluru based private company, beneficiary candidates & others, and caused gross irregularities in conduct of written examination for the posts of Sub-Inspectors. It was further alleged that there was abnormally high percentage of selected candidates from Jammu, Rajouri & Samba districts. Violation of rules by JKSSB was allegedly found in assigning the task of setting question paper to the Bengaluru based private company.

Searches were earlier conducted on 5 August 2022 at 30 locations including at Jammu, Srinagar, Bengaluru etc. at the premises of accused.

Investigation has revealed the alleged payment of Rs. 20 to 30 lakh(approx) by willing candidates and their families to the accused for accessing the question paper before commencement of the examination. In this regard, involvement of a gang domiciled in Haryana, certain teachers of J&K, some serving and retired personnel of CRPF, J&K Police and JKSSB has allegedly come to light.

Investigation is continuing.

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