After unearthing a multi-crore railway recruitment scam in February this year, CBI has now unearthed another scam – this time related to the appointment of Class 4 employees.
CBI Director Ashwini Kumar in a letter to Vivek Sahay Chairman of the Railway Board, has sought approval to investigate appointments made by the present General Manager of the West Central Railways V K Manglik and Chief Personnel Officer.
The CBI report says the duo between April 2008 and June 2009 abused their official positions as public servants with malafide intention and appointed 370 persons in Group D posts.
The appointments of substitutes was made against existing normal vacancies in Group D when these appointments can only be made in case of an urgency and that too for jobs related to train operation, passenger amenities or production.
CBI report says the two flouted many procedures.
The department concerned was not asked about the requirements, which happens to be an important criterion. Also no notifications were issued and no tests conducted on officers for facilitating back-door entry to undeserving candidates.
What’s seems interesting is that the officers had approached the candidates directly.
However, it is not just the West Central Railways, the CBI has also completed enquires on two former General Managers of the North Frontier Railways. The report says A K Sanwalka, former GM of NF Railways Guwahati, made appointments two days before his retirement in 2007.
His successor Ashutosh Swami charged with appointing 40 substitutes in Group D and processed application of 100 candidates.
The CBI report says that some of the appointees simply submitted bio-data and got away by greasing the palms of Ashutosh Swami.
The railway is at present cleaning up the mess of the recruitment scam. This scam related to appointments is likely to hurt it badly, leaving several questions unanswered for India’s biggest recruiter.