Officers, recruits booked in UP defence job rip-off


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 18

Nearly two years after taking over the case, the CBI has registered an FIR against officials and beneficiaries in a recruitment scam at a Kanpur defence production unit.

Officials said the CBI had booked Santosh Kumar Tiwari, Deputy Controller in the Material Division of the Controllerate of Quality Assurance, who was the presiding officer of the recruitment board, and beneficiaries Ravi Kant Pandey, Utkarsh Srivatsava, Arti Gupta, Pratibha Mishra, Arpit Singh and other unknown persons.

The authorities in the production unit had organised a recruitment drive for six posts of lower division clerk in the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA), which comes under the Union Ministry of Defence. Advertisements were issued in 2015 and appointments were made in 2017.

An internal inquiry committee of the Ministry of Defence had found serious irregularities in the recruitments. After submission of its report, the recruitment board was dissolved and the LDCs were sacked on November 28, 2018.

On August 10, 2018, in a letter to the CBI, the Department of Defence Production mentioned “serious irregularities” of a criminal nature concerning the appointments. As per the FIR, candidate Vivek Chandra had originally scored 52 marks, which were subsequently changed to 61. Similarly, marks secured by Arpit Singh were increased from 58 to 69 and Arti Gupta from 68 to 70 by Tiwari.

“The probe highlighted there was overwriting in the answer sheet of Arpit Singh, Pratibha Mishra and Utkarsh Srivatsava. These candidates were clearly favoured by Tiwari,” the FIR said.


Panel findings

  • A recruitment drive was initiated in 2015 for six posts of lower division clerk in the Directorate General of Quality Assurance
  • After appointments were made in 2017, a central panel found serious irregularities in the recruitments
  • The recruitment board was dissolved and the services of the LDCs were terminated in November 2018



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