Pune: Lt Colonel Among 4 Booked By CBI For Leaking Indian Army Recruitment Exam Answerkey For Money

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Mubarak Ansari
Pune, 26th December 2021: The anti-corruption bureau (CBI) of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked four persons including an Army officer of Lt Colonel rank and two jawans for allegedly accepting money for leaking recruitment examination question papers and answer keys.

The case was registered on 18th December 2021 against Lt. Col. Vikash Raizada, Susanta Nahak and Alok Kumar, all posted with Army Ordnance Corps (AOC), Southern Command, Pune, and Priyanka, who is wife of Alok Kumar.

The CBI had earlier registered against Susanta Nahak and Naveen Kumar, both Havildar of AOC, Southern Command, Pune and unknown others for accepting gratification in the recruitment process for various civilian Group ‘C’ posts through the examination organized by Army Ordnance Corps (AOC), Pune during the year 2019.

According to the CBI, during the investigation of the case, it has been revealed that accused Havaldar Susanta Nahak and his Controlling Officer Lt Col Vikash Raizada are also involved in another recruitment process for the selection of various Trades through examinations held during 2020-21.  Lt Col Raizada had sent answer keys to the mobile number of the wife of accused Susanta Nahak on 08.09.2021. From the said mobile, accused Nahak further forwarded the said answer keys immediately on the same day to the mobile number of Priyanka, wife of Alok Kumar, who is posted as Sepoy at AOC, Pune in the office of Lt Col Raizada.

“It is further revealed that two different amounts of Rs 50,000 and Rs 40,000 were sent by Priyanka on 07.09.2021 to the account of Nahak. The mobile chats reveal that Lt Col Raizada, Nahak, Alok Kumar and Priyanka are involved in illegal activities in connection with the recruitment process of 2020-21 to various posts, including leaking the answer keys to the candidates and obtaining undue advantages”, the FIR states.

The accused persons have been booked for offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The accused are yet to be arrested in the case.