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Posted at: Feb 14, 2018, 1:56 AM; last updated: Feb 14, 2018, 1:56 AM (IST)

Conductor recruitment scam: Two get 3-year jail

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13

A local court has awarded three-year imprisonment to two persons convicted in the CTU conductor recruitment scam. Manoj Kumar and Vikas were convicted under sections 420, 466, 467, 419 and 471 of the IPC. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on each of them. Both convicts are residents of Sonepat.

The duo was booked by the CBI on October 3, 2010. The probe was handed over to the CBI a month before this and a case under Sections 419, 420, 468, 471 and 120B of the IPC was registered against the persons who impersonated candidates and appeared in the written test held on October 3, 2010 in the city.

Most of the arrested candidates had paid the agents Rs 60,000 to Rs 3 lakh for the purpose of clearing the exam. The team probing the recruitment racket of conductors for Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) had arrested 13 persons, including 11 candidates, who appeared in the test, on charges of impersonation, cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy.

Manoj Kumar and Vikas were also among those arrested. Manoj was found roaming outside Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, by the CBI and in his place Vikas was appearing for the examination.

The CBI had filed five chargesheets in the case. In one, the court has already convicted two persons Amit Kumar and Gajender Vairagi and jailed them for 6 months. In another, Manoj and Vikas have been conducted. In the remaining three, the order is yet to be announced as the trial is on.

The UT had also ordered a probe in March 2011 and the selected candidates were verified. Out of 144 candidates, 113 appeared before the committee. The probe found that impersonation in the exams had taken place on a large scale. The CTU conductor recruitment was thus cancelled and fresh vacancies were filled.

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