Relatives of senior politicians, jurists and bureaucrats were allegedly recruited fraudulently in public sector undertakings, Bokaro Steel Plant and Steel Authority of India Limited, a few years ago.
The CBI has registered two cases against 25 people, including SM Razi, relative of former governor of Jharkhand Syed Sibtey Razi; Raj Kumar Jatiya, son of former NDA cabinet minister and BJP Rajya Sabha candidate Satyanarayan Jatiya; and Yaogesh Chander Patnaik son of former Ranchi High Court judge DGR Patnaik, and conducted raids on their offices and residences.
As of now, the CBI conducted 40 raids in 10 cities and have gathered crucial documental evidence to support the case. The investigating sleuths claim that at least 13 candidates were favoured and got selected for the posts of middle management and junior management level officers at Bokaro Steel Plant and SAIL.
The CBI has registered case under sections 120-b, 420, 468, 471 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 13 (2), 13(1)d of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Raids continued till late Tuesday evening in Bokaro, Ranchi, Patna, Arrah, Ghaziabad, New Delhi, Bhopal, Jabalpur and Bhubaneshwar.
Satyanarayan Jatiya, a senior leader of the BJP, was a cabinet minister from 1999 to 2004 and held portfolios of labour and social justice and empowerment, while Syed Sibtey Razi has been elected as member of Rajya Sabha by the Congress thrice and has served as governor of Jharkhand and Assam as well. DGR Patnaik retired as a judge in the Ranchi High Court in 2010.
In one FIR, the CBI has named the then executive director of Bokaro Steel Plant, Jivesh Mishra; the serving AGM of Bokaro Steel Plant, AS Hembram; general manager Kuberkar, junior manager (SAIL) Raj Kumar Jatiya; junior manager (SAIL) SM Razi; junior manager (Bokaro) Yogesh Chander Patnaik and deputy manager (Bokaro) Ritesh Singh, who also has high profile political connections. "Patnaik, Singh, Razi and Jatiya were recruited fraudulently as well," said a senior CBI official.
The process of recruitment took place in 2008 and the advertisements for the posts were not carried out as per the rules. Besides, some of the candidates deposited forms after the last date had expired, while many others deposited forms in post box addresses of individuals.
In another FIR, the CBI has mentioned name of the then managing director of Bokaro Steel Plant VK Srivastava and 14 others including GM (retd) RK Narula, DGM (retd) AK Mehrotra, AGM (retd) Rajinder Nath Jha and CPM, A K Singh. "The number of candidates recruited may also go up as things will be clear after further evidence is gathered. We are also investigating whether money had exchanged hands in the case," a senior official told dna.