Today CBI conducted raids in different states including in Jammu and Kashmir’s twin capitals of Union Territory in connection with the allegations of irregularities in sub inspectors of police examinations conducted by JK Service Selection Board (JKSSB).
The raids have been welcomed by the people especially those who despite having the proper merit were ignored because they didn’t have resources to grease the palms of the top officials.
The sleuths searched the premises of various officials of JKSSB, police and CRPF including former JKSSB chairman Khalid Jahangir under whose tenure the exams were conducted in March. Jahangir was recently shifted from Kupwara where he was posted as deputy commissioner.
A Bengaluru based private firm which had conducted the exam and owner of a coaching centre are also accused in the alleged scam. In July, the selection process of JKSSB for the posts of sub-inspectors (SI) was cancelled after their selection list was marred by fraud allegations. On August 28, the Jammu and Kashmir government cancelled the selection process of two more recruitments by Service Selection Board (SSB) and ordered a CBI probe for selection of financial Account Assistants (FAA) and Junior Engineers (JE) over allegations of irregularities. After the results were declared there was enough evidence that the officials had ignored the merit. This was the second list under the administration of J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha that was scrapped due to wrong doings of the officers. Even the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha had promised that there will be clean governance in J&K especially after revocation of Article 370. These types of frauds are never good for any administration and become a reason for dejection among the youth. Already there are several reports that some officials are still doing what they have been doing for years while floating the norms. Though in the recent past Anti-Corruption Bureau of J&K have arrested several people on charges of corruption but still the big fishes are left untouched that sends a wrong signal especially about the present setup that is governing the UT from the past four years. The Manoj Sinha led administration must spare none and punish all under law who still try to promote corruption and nepotism in the system.