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NDA recruitment scam; six held

An Indian Army officer and five civilians have been arrested in a recruitment scam unearthed by the CBI in the National Defence Academy [NDA] here, an official said Sunday. They were sent to the probe agency's custody till 2 July.

The Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI] last week raided 17 locations in Mumbai, Sonepat and Gurgaon in Haryana and 14 in Pune, including the NDA, and recovered Rs 17.60 million and incriminating documents. Those arrested include Colonel Kulbir Singh, civilian staffer Ramesh Gaikwad and canteen manager Balkishen Kanojia, the official said.

The NDA said it had not received any complaints on any abnormality in the recruitment but it was inquiring into the chain of events.

The accused were Sunday afternoon presented before a court, which remanded them to CBI custody till 2 July.

They are accused of indulging in a recruitment scam involving lower level appointments like gardeners, cooks, clerks, cadet orderlies and lab and library attendants in May-June.

They have been charged with taking money ranging from Rs 300,000 to Rs 400,000 from those who applied for the jobs.

Signatures of the applicants were taken on blank exam papers, which and then filled them up with correct answers to make them eligible for appointments.

The NDA denied knowledge of any wrongdoing in the recruitment and said that Col Kulbir Singh was 'detained' for questioning by the CBI in Mumbai.
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