15 chargesheeted by CBI in railway recruitment scam

The chargesheet was filed against S M Sharma, the then Chairman, RRB, Mumbai, his son Vivek, G Sethy, Senior Divisional Personnel Officer, DRM, Raipur, A K Jagannadham, ex-Chief Executive Officer, Hassan-Mangalore Rail Development Corporation, Bangalore and P Srinivasa Rao, Fitter, Rayanapadu Wagon Workshop, Vijayawada, the CBI said.

Two Mumbai-based railway contractors Manish Patesaria and Ashim Roy, Kumaraswamy Jagannadham, Deputy Statistical Officer, Municipal Corporation, Kurnool and seven others were also chargesheeted by CBI in the scam, they said.

Besides, advocate Srujan Jagannadham and six others -- J Sahreen Kumar, P Ashok Kumar, Jagannadham Ramesh, Jagannadham Tirupathaiah, M R S N Murthy and S Vijay Shankar -- were made accused by the investigating agency in the case.

"The accused have been chargesheeted for the offences of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating, causing disappearance of the evidence, receiving illegal gratification and criminal misconduct," a CBI spokesman said in a release here.

The chargesheet contains 182 pages, while more than 300 witnesses and 384 documents have been cited in support of the chargesheet. The entire documentation runs into 5,000 pages.

The major recruitment scam involved leakage of the question papers for Assistant Loco Pilot and Assistant Station Master examinations held on June 6 and June 13, this year respectively by the RRB, Mumbai, the spokesman said.

"The accused persons lured and mobilised several aspirants through agents and sub-agents. They fixed the price of Rs 3.5 lakh for Assistant Loco Pilot and Rs four lakh for Assistant Station Master from each aspirant," he said.

"They collected initial advance ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 1.05 lakh and also collected the original certificates of the aspirants," the official said.

CBI had registered a case in this regard under different sections of IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act on June 15, 2010.

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