CBI Cracks Down On Recruitment Scam, Books 17 Army Officers Including 5 Lt Cols

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In a massive crackdown a widespread recruitment scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against against 17 Army officials based on a complaint from the office of Additional Directorate General, Discipline & Vigilance, Adjutant General’s Branch, Integrated HQ of Ministry of Defence (Army), DHQ PO, New Delhi.

In his complaint, Brigadier (Vigilance) V K Purohit, alleged that on February 28, 2021, an input was received about the alleged involvement of serving personnel in accepting bribes for clearance of review medical exam of temporarily rejected officer candidates at the Base Hospital in New Delhi.

Among those who have been booked are five officers of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, two Majors besides Naib Subedar, Sepoy and 6 civilians. They have been booked on allegations pertaining to bribery and irregularities in recruitment of officers and other ranks through Service Selection Board (SSB).

Searches were conducted at 30 places including Base Hospital, Cantonment, other Army establishments,  civilian areas covering 13 including Kapurthala, Bhathinda, Delhi, Kaithal, Palwal, Lucknow, Bareili, Gorakhpur, Vishakhapatnam, Jaipur, Guwahati, Jorhat and Chirangon which led to recovery of several incriminating documents, CBI said in a statement on Monday.

“The searches have led to the recovery of several incriminating documents. The documents so recovered during searches are being scrutinized,” CBI Spokesperson RC Joshi told the media.

Investigation in the case is continuing.

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