CBI begins probe into NDA appointment scam

Mubarak Ansari
Wednesday, 7 June 2017

After several complaints about malpractices in recruitment and appointment of professors and associate professors at the prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has initiated a preliminary enquiry into the allegations.

PUNE: After several complaints about malpractices in recruitment and appointment of professors and associate professors at the prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has initiated a preliminary enquiry into the allegations.

Officials said that the appointments were done in various academic departments of the academy between 2006 and 2012. Sources said that several civilian faculty members had submitted fake documents of educational qualifications and academic performance for their appointment at NDA. The recruitment process is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

“The preliminary enquiry is a stage prior to registration of an FIR. Some faculty members against whom the allegations have been made have already been transferred to other academies. They are also under the scanner,” an officer said.

Earlier in March last year, the CBI carried out a raid at the education branch at the NDA and seized documents pertaining to the recruitment of associate professors and professors at the academy.  The agency had swooped down in the first week of March and seized as many as 40 files from the department.

The academy was involved in a controversy when the CBI unearthed a scam in the recruitment of Class C employees in 2012. It had then arrested Col Kulbir Singh, who was staff officer to then Commandant Lt Gen Jatinder Singh and then Physical Training Officer (PTO) Col AK Singh in June 2012. Besides that, civilian staff of the academy and five others who acted as agents were also arrested by the agency. Consequently, the then commandant was transferred within a month after the CBI wrote to the Defence Ministry.

The NDA is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services train together.

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