Jaipur: Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Thursday arrested former director of medial heath services BR Meena, statistical officer Rajendra Sharma, AAO Buddhiprakash, proprietor of Dixit Computers Sumit Dixit and another individual Neeraj Jaisawal in connection the alleged scam in the recruitment of contract workers. Neeraj was a beneficiary in the scam.
The five persons who were arrested on Thursday were called to ACB headquarters for questioning and when interrogation with them came to an end, they were arrested, according to preliminary reports. The ACB produced the five accused men in a court that sent four of them to judicial custody. Suneet was remanded in police custody till July 21.
"In 2014-15, the medial and health department was to recruit seven contract employees in six districts. The accused officials were in the selection committee. An agency provided fake certificates for the selection of contract employees and recruited certain employees even when they didn't meet the selection criteria," said a senior ACB officer.
This is the second case of senior officers being arrested by ACB on corruption charges. Earlier, IAS officer Neeraj K Pawan had been arrested in May, 2016. The IAS officer was allegedly part of a bribery racket run by a middleman named Ajit Soni. The middleman used to get tenders awarded in the Information and Education Department of the Health Ministry in lieu for bribes. He would give a share to Pawan and other NHRM officials including a Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS) officer. The RAS officer Anil Kumar Agrawal who was also arrested in the case was deputed as additional director in the department. Other accused included a chief accounts officer and a store keeper.
Pawan, an IAS officer of 2003-batch, was posted as commissioner in the Agriculture Department when he was arrested. He was put under APO or ‘awaiting posting orders’ status after ACB busted the racket and started questioning him.
The investigation into the racket began a businessman registered a complaint with the ACB. The agency said that the businessman had secured work orders worth Rs. 7 crore over 18 months, for which he paid 17% or Rs. 1.5 crore as “commission”.
First published: July 19, 2018