Recruitment Scam: CBI Booked NDA Principal & Others For Malpractices

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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a corruption case against the principal of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune – Dr Om Prakash Shukla and other senior professors and heads of departments for alleged irregularities in the appointment of 13 ineligible teaching faculty members, including Shukla himself.

Those named as accused in the FIR along with Shukla include Dr Jagmohan Meher (Professor of Political Science), Dr Vanita Puri (associate professor of Chemisty), Dr Rajeev Bansal (associate professor of Mathematics), Dr Maheshwar Roy (Head of Department, Chemistry) and other unknown faculty members.

The agency has booked 13 senior faculty members, including principal Om Prakash Shukla, under various Sections of the IPC and relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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CBI has also named unknown officials of UPSC and Integrated Defence Staff (IDS), which comes under ministry of defence, in the FIR. The agency had registered a preliminary enquiry in the matter in May 2017, which has been turned into a regular case (FIR) earlier this month after which CBI teams on Wednesday conducted raids at several places in Pune and on NDA premises.

“Before June 2011, the eligibility criteria for recruitment for the different posts of faculty members included only educational qualification and teaching/research experience. However, after framing the Statutory Recruitment Orders (SROs) in June 2011 by MoD, in addition to the qualification and experience, MoD also introduced API score. It is calculated on the basis of research publications, presentation of papers in seminars, training courses attended etc. The candidates have to obtain a minimum API score to become eligible for the posts,” said CBI.