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Recruitment Scam: SIT files FIR against Azam Khan, retired IAS officer; trouble ahead recruitment agency officials

Over 1300 candidates were recruited in the UP Jal Nigam on the posts of Assistant Engineers, Junior Engineers, Clerks and Junior clerks between November 2016 and February 2017.

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Recruitment Scam: SIT files FIR against Azam Khan, retired IAS officer; trouble ahead recruitment agency officials
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After a green signal from the Yogi Adityanath government, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has lodged an FIR against senior Samajwadi Party leader and former Cabinet minister Azam Khan and four others, including a retired IAS officer, into Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam recruitment scam.

The SIT head Bishambhar Shukla told media that the recruitment agency, which was hired for the selection of candidates was also named in the FIR. “The role of the recruitment agency was also found to be suspicious. We have included the name of the agency also in the FIR. Officials of the agency who had conducted the selection process will also be prosecuted,” said SIT Head.

Besides Azam, then Secretary Urban Development Shree Prakash Singh, his OSD Syed Afaq, then Jal Nigam Director P.K. Assudani and then Chief Engineer Jal Nigam A.K. Khare and others were also named in the FIR.

The former Urban development minister Azam Khan and others have been charged with criminal conspiracy, fraud, destruction of evidence and Prevention of Corruption Act.

Over 1300 candidates were recruited in the UP Jal Nigam on the posts of Assistant Engineers, Junior Engineers, Clerks and Junior clerks between November 2016 and February 2017. Glaring anomalies, irregularities and corrupt practices were committed during the selection process in gross violation of recruitment guidelines.

The Yogi Adityanath government had constituted the SIT in September last year on the orders of the Allahabad High after a few candidates had filed a petition seeking probe into irregularities in the selection process. Many of them had done well in the written as well as the interview but those who had obtained fewer marks were given jobs.   

During the course of the investigation, the SIT found many charges against students who were rejected were true. “Out of turn favours were doled out and huge sums were charged from selected candidates at the cost of deserving ones,” said a SIT team member.

The SIT had submitted its report recently to the Yogi Adityanath government seeking a permission to lodge an FIR against the former SP Minister and others for their prosecution. Since SIT has collected concrete evidence against all accused, the Principal Secretary Home Arvind Kumar granted SIT permission to lodge a case against them begin their prosecution.

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