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Army recruitment scam: CBI tightens up on 6 officers of Lieutenant Colonel rank

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against six officers of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the case of alleged corruption in the selection of military officers through the Service Selection Board (SSB).

The Times of India, quoting news agency PTI, has written in its news that Lieutenant Colonel Bhagwan, who is currently on a study leave and was accompanied by Nayab Subedar Kuldeep Singh, was involved in the rigging at SSB centers. 

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According to the news, Lord Lieutenant Colonel Bhagawan is the alleged leader of the army recruitment racket in the Army Air Defense Corps.

The CBI has raided several places in connection with this case and registered a case against 23 army personnel and common citizens. All of them are accused of taking bribe for recruitment in the army.

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Brigadier (Vigilance) in the Indian Army, VK Purohit alleged on February 28 this year that the candidates failed in the medical examination at the base hospital in New Delhi are passed with bribe. 

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After that the CBI is investigating this case. It is believed that the scope of investigation of army recruitment scam can be increased.

The complaint from the Army states that on February 28, an input was received about alleged involvement of serving personnel in accepting bribe for clearing medical review exam of temporarily rejected candidates at the Base Hospital in New Delhi.

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As the allegations involved the SSB, the issue was taken up at the highest level. SSBs are held for selection of both permanent and short service commission officers into the armed forces.

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An inquiry was initiated with assistance from the Military Intelligence which revealed “sufficient evidence of culpability of service personnel and civilians as recipients of the money trail”.

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