The Army Recruitment Scam, Two busted by CBI-Army joint raid

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Vaibhav Agrawal
Vaibhav Agrawal
Vaibhav Agrawal is the founder editor of Bhraman (a Digital Travelogue). As an independent journalist, he is passionate for investigating and reporting on complex subjects. He has an extensive background in both print and digital media, with a focus on Travel and Defence reporting. *Views are personal

According to an official report, two persons for alleged malpractices in the recruitment of multitasking staff have been arrested by The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Indian Army in a joint operation conducted in the city, while the accused are lower rank Indian Army non commissioned officers who you shall be produced in the court by the CBI.

In an alleged bribery case of ₹50,000 two officials of the rank of havildar in the Indian Army have been arrested by The Central Bureau of Investigation. It is alleged that a call letter was received by the complainant who was selected to the post of MTS in the examination which was taken by the army ordnance Corps at Pune while he was to join the at the Ordnance factory situated in Wardha on or before 19 November 2021 along with the original call letter. However, the original call letter of the complainant was taken by the accused who demanded a bribe of ₹2.5 lakh along with agreeing to accept the initial amount of ₹50,000 under the pretext of early joining formalities.

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An amount of ₹30,000 was alleged to be transferred through the payments app PhonePe by the complainant in the account of one of the accused. Subsequently, the remaining amount of ₹20,000 was accepted by both the accused who showed up for the same while a trap was laid by The Central Bureau of Investigation and during the process of demanding and accepting the said amount, the accused were caught.

Resulting in the recovery of incriminating documents related to the case, search operations were conducted at the premises of the accused Havaldar Naveen and Susant Nahak from Southern Command, Pune. While being remanded to five-day police custody, both the accused were produced before the court of special judge, CBI cases, Pune, on Wednesday.

Earlier cases

For being involved in the army recruitment question paper leak case, lieutenant-colonel Bhagat Preetsingh Sartajsingh Bedi was arrested in May, while two FIRs were been filed by the city police with one at one of Wanowrie police station and the other at Vishrantwadi police station on 1st March with regards to the leak that resulted in the cancellation of the recruitment examination. It was reported that around 30,000 aspirants were scheduled to appear for the examination in across 40 centres.

Apart from Madhav Sheshrao Gitte of Sappers Vihar Colony in Pune, Gopal Yuvraj Koli of BEG centre in the Diggi, Bharat Lakshman Adakmol from Pune’s Pachora, Kishore Madhav Giri of Baramati, and Uday Dattu Auti of BEG Khadki, two major rank officers, Major Vasant Vijay Kilari and Major Murugan Thangavelu were arrested earlier in the Wanowrie case. Ali Akhtar Khan, Mahendra Chandrabhan and Azad Lal Mohammad Khan were the suspects arrested who were identified by the police in Vishrantwadi.

Job rackets

A Job racket where youths were lured by the false promise of jobs in various banks, Indian Railway and in the Territorial Army was busted by the crime branch and the intelligence agencies attached to the Southern Command, in June. Pandit Pawar from Solapur and Bharat Krishna Kate were arrested by the sleuths. A fraud website was been operated by the racket through which they were conducting fake examinations which were held besides training sessions along with medical tests which used to take place at different locations across the country. 

According to the Southern Command of the Indian Army, the police authorities and the Army jointly exposed a fraudulent recruitment module which involved the issuance of recruitment documents along with the circulation of results of prospective candidates for their selection into various government services like Territorial Army, banking and Railway through fake websites which were being Run from Pune. The expose was done based on input which was being provided by the intelligence agencies of the Southern Command.

The Southern Command stated that its policy of zero tolerance for corruption is continuously followed by the Indian army, in an earlier press release, while the possible malpractices by lower-level staff are been enquired by the Indian army in Southern Command along with the Central Bureau of Investigation in a joint investigation on a recent trip-off about likely malpractices and recruitment of multi-tasking staff.


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