The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a corruption and criminal conspiracy case against 17 Indian Army personnel, including five Lieutenant Colonels and two Major-ranked officers apart from six others, in a recruitment scam at several Service Selection Board (SSB) Centres.
Among the officers named in the CBI First Information Report (FIR) are – Lt Col MVSNA Bhagwan (presently on study leave), who is also the alleged mastermind; Lt Col Surender Singh of 31 SSB centre North; Lt Col YS Chauhan of 6 Mountain Division Ordnance Unit; Lt Col Sukhdev Arora – Directorate General Recruiting; Lt Col Vinay (Group Testing Officer- Selection Centre South Bangalore); Major Bhavesh Kumar (GTO at 21 SSB, Kapurthala) and Major Amit Fagna (422, Field Hospital, Delhi Cantt). According to the CBI, all of them facilitated the selection of the candidates at SSBs.
The central anti-corruption agency registered its case on March 13 on a complaint filed by Brigadier (Vigilance) VK Purohit from the office of Additional Directorate General, Discipline and Vigilance, Adjutant General’s Branch, Army Headquarters. It is alleged that on February 28, 2021, input was received about the alleged involvement of serving personnel in accepting bribes for the clearance of review medical exam of temporarily rejected officer candidates at Base Hospital, New Delhi.
CBI books six lieutenant colonels along with several other officers and their family members say, officials. Big recruitment scam in Indian Army unearthed with CBI booking 06 Lt Colonels, 2 Major, 10 NCOs & Cadets of OTA Chennai for illegal gratification & corrupt practises with SSB Centres in Kapurthala (Punjab) & Bengaluru being epicentres. 06 pvt persons booked by CBI in Army Selection scam: Mother, father, wife of a serving Major Brother in law of a Lt Col Lady connected to a Havaldar (All benefciaries meant for receiving bribery). Base Hospital in Delhi also another epicentre of Selection Scam with one Nb Subedar making fake & forged health certificates for candidates rejected on health grounds at SSB Centres in Kapurthala & Bengaluru.