CBI busts racket involved in fraudulent recruitment in PSU Banks

PATNA: The CBI on Monday busted a man-wife gang allegedly involved in a racket of getting people appointed as clerks and probationary officers (POs) in nationalized banks. Alisha Verma, a PO in Biharsharif branch of UCO bank, has been arrested but her husband, Sanjeev Kumar of Telehra, Ekangarsarai, was absconding. Sanjeev is employed as a peon in the block education resource centre at Ekangarsarai (Nalanda district).

One Rohan Kumar, who was to appear at a bank exam for another candidate, was also arrested from Noida. He was a dummy to write an online bank recruitment examination to be conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection ( IBPS). The gang's network is spread all over of the country, especially in Nasik, Noida and Greater Noida. They would charge between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 18 lakh from each candidate for recruitment as POs and Rs 7 lakh for clerks, said V K Singh, DIG (CBI). Scholars (dummy candidates) were provided with air tickets to fly to the exam centres in different parts of the country, Singh added.

According to the DIG, Sanjeev, his wife Alisha, Rajesh Kumar, Alisha's cousin, and Kishlaya Kumar, all from Biharsharif area, were fraudulently managing to get undeserving candidates qualify at various competitive examinations conducted for government jobs. Alisha also got the PO job through the same modus operandi, Singh claimed.

Explaining the modus operandi of the gang, he said the gang members scanned and edited the photographs of dummy candidates in such a way that it was difficult to detect the impersonator who also used to carry fake ID cards.

The DIG said after scrutinizing the couple's call details, the CBI is likely to bust more such gangs operating from Bihar.

It is a very shocking and sad news. Lacs of candidates work hard for months (at times, for years) to get a government job in banks, but, news like this shatter the faith of a common man in the system. BankersAdda condemns such fraudulent activities and will request government to be more vigilant regarding such loopholes in the recruitment process and ensure harshest punishment for the people found guilty.

Source: Times of India, 23 Sept 2013