Published On : Tue, Feb 4th, 2014

Army Recruitment scam: Whistleblower reveals stunning facts over nexus

CBI had on Sunday raided the Government Institute of Science where the Army Recruitment Test was being conducted. The CBI team had seized 6 mobiles, which had answers to multiple choice questions in their SMS inbox. On being tallied, the answers were found to be correct, by both Army and CBI sources. This confirms that the paper was indeed leaked.

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Nagpur News: The whistleblower of the Army Recruitment Test scam, Shridhar Aade, President of  Rashtriya Sainik Sanstha, while addressing a press conference on Tuesday (February 4), revealed explosive facts about the scam that would send tremors across top Army brass. An alleged nexus between some Army officials and a private coaching class has come to the fore.

The CBI had on Sunday raided the Government Institute of Science where the Army Recruitment Test was being conducted. The CBI team had seized 6 mobiles, which had answers to multiple choice questions in their SMS inbox. On being tallied, the answers were found to be correct, by both Army and CBI sources. This confirms that the paper was indeed leaked.

Shridhar Aade had approached the CBI and tipped off the sleuths of the premier investigation agency one and half month ago about the Army Recruitment Test scam. While briefing the media, Aade pointed out some mind-blowing facts about the well-organized scam. Following are the stunning facts:

1.Nexus between the Army officials and the private coaching class Tango Charlie Army Academy based in Katol and its Director Jairam Belkhode.

2. The scam has its roots in Pulgaon and Nagpur.

3. A person named Reddy, connected with Army Recruitment, handed over the list (file) of the candidates who cleared their medicals and were capable of scoring good marks in the written to Jairam Belkhode(of Tango Charlie).

4.This file is called ‘Recruits Master Data Sheet’ and is very confidential.

5. Jairam Belkhode contacted the eligible candidates through this information (list/file).

6.Belkhode’s modus operandi was assuring the candidates in getting cleared in the written. He demanded half of the amount in the first place and asked the candidates to deposit their documents (school/college originals) with him. And the remaining amount to be paid after they clear their written test. After paying the remaining amount, he will return back their documents.

7.The whistleblower produced the confidential documents at the press meet.

8.Jairam even helped the students clear the medical test.

 

Shridhar Aade has his own Training Academy in Yavatmal and says his students fail in the Army Recruitment Test because of the scam in spite being capable. Shridhar appealed the army to thoroughly investigate the scam and demanded re-examination.

Following the raid, Additional Director General (Recruitment) Major General J S Bedi had rushed to Nagpur from New Delhi on Monday to meet the investigators.

The CBI had arrested Jaikumar Belkhode on Sunday. Though Belkhode could be just a conduit for routing kickbacks, sources say the chain of events show a strong likelihood of papers being leaked at some other centres. Eventually, answers were messaged to candidates at Nagpur. This could not have happened without the connivance of senior Army officers, CBI officials had stated.

“Candidates coming from poor background are known to fall prey to offers by touts and end up paying them money,” said an Army officer.

The tests are held simultaneously at all Army Recruitment Offices (AROs) throughout the country. As a procedure, the exams start at the same time everywhere. However, curiously, it began at 1pm in Nagpur instead of the scheduled 10 am. By that time other centres would have already begun their exams, while candidates in Nagpur waited. So those handling the affairs elsewhere could have easily sent SMSes the answers to candidates in Nagpur, sources said.