The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has busted deputy director general (DDG)(Central Zone) Arvind Kumar of Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), head office, Dhanbad, involved in a recruitment racket.

The DDG along with two private persons who has been identified as Kailash Mandal, a relative of Mr. Kumar, and Triloki Nath Singh , has been detained. They were allegedly involved in manipulation and influencing the members of interview board, by luring them with huge amount of bribes, to ensure qualification of certain candidates in oral examination.

Huge bribery:

The undue favors were extended to 48 candidates who appeared in an oral examination, conducted by Directorate General of Mines Safety, between March 8, 2021, to March 20, 2021, after qualifying the computer-based tests for the Manager’s Certificate of Competency (Restricted & Unrestricted) and for each such candidate, the accused public servant allegedly agreed to accept an amount of Rs. 1.5 Lakh, totaling Rs 72 Lakh.

Lead came in handy:

CBI had received a lead that part of the bribe amount was to be delivered in two instalments to Kailash Mandal in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district. Following the lead, the CBI laid a trap and caught the accused persons as they were exchanging the first instalment of alleged bribe, the amount of Rs 35 lakh.

Ongoing investigation:

Searches have been launched and are being conducted at 12 locations, including Lakhisarai, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Nagpur, Udaipur, Shahdol, Hyderabad, and Bilaspur, which had led to the recovery of incriminating documents and articles, and investigation is ongoing in the case.

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