Chandigarh: Four months after the cancellation of recruitment examination conducted by Thapar University, Patiala for the posts of Sub-divisional Engineer (SDE) in Punjab Irrigation Department and Junior Engineer (JE) in Punjab Water Resource Management and Development Corporation (PWRMDC), the Vigilance Bureau of Punjab has arrested the kingpin of the recruitment scam, Kuresh Dviwedi from Mohali on Tuesday. The said recruitment exam was under the scanner of VB after an inquiry revealed the selective leak of question papers of several recruitment tests in March last year.
Dviwedi, who is said to be the kingpin of several recruitment tests including Sub-divisional engineer (SDE) in Punjab Irrigation Department 2016, Junior Engineer (JE) in Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) 2015 and Pre-medical test (Telangana), hails from village Bishupura of tehsil Kaler in district Arwal of Bihar. He has been arrested in a case registered under FIR number 4 on April 6, 2016, regarding leakage of question papers of recruitment test of junior engineer in Local Bodies Department. However, he is on bail in a case registered under FIR number 15 on October 15, 2016, regarding the leak of question papers (SDE) recruitment test.
Confirming the development, AIG Vigilance Bureau Surjit Singh said that Kuresh Kumar s/o Rajinder Dviwedi has been arrested and total Rs 1.50 lakh have been recovered so far. “Out of 16 accused in the case registered under FIR number 15 16/10/16, 12 including Kuresh have been arrested,” said the senior VB officer. He further told Daily Post that the VB has also recovered the admit cards and original documents of the students from the accused.
So far, VB has been successful in arresting some members of a ‘super active’ gang which is mainly responsible for the question paper leakage in most of the recruitment scams of the country. R K Singh and Sanjay Kumar of Arwal District of Bihar are already under police net, whereas another main accused of these scams, Kailash Kumar who was a lawyer by profession has passed away. However, one of the main accused of these scams Mithlesh Pandey alias Guruji is still out of the net. Suresh Yadav of Haryana and Sher Bahadur who is an absconder, are also the members of this gang.
It is pertinent to mention that VB also arrested an Akali councilor of Malout Sham Lal who is said to be the close aid of Jathedar Dayal Singh Kolianwali, a senior Akali leader of Malwa region, in one of the recruitment scams, last year.
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