CBI launches probe into alleged certificate forgery in Odisha Postal recruitment scandal

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 13, 2024 IST

Searches at over 67 locations have been conducted across various districts of Odisha, including Kalahandi, Nuapada, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, and Bhadrak

Bhubaneswar, June 13: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched an extensive investigation into alleged certificate forgery in Odisha postal recruitment following a complaint from the Director of Postal Services, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Searches at over 67 locations have been conducted across various districts of Odisha, including Kalahandi, Nuapada, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, and Bhadrak.

This massive operation involved more than 204 officials, including 122 officers from the CBI and 82 personnel from other departments, highlighting the scale and seriousness of the investigation. The search teams are striving to uncover the interstate organised gang responsible for providing these fake certificates.

CBI registered a regular case on May 9, 2023, under sections 120-B, 420, 468, and 471 read with 511 of the IPC and Section 7(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (as amended in 2018) on a complaint by the Postal Department against 63 candidates of the Gramin Dak Sevak Exam, 2023 (Odisha Circle) & others, including unknown officials of the postal department and unknown private persons.

The complaint raised concern about the recruitment process for 1,382 posts in Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS), for which online applications were invited on January 27, 2023. The minimum qualification required was a 10th pass certificate from any recognised board, with proficiency in the local language being mandatory. According to the procedure, applicants were required to upload their certificates and mark sheets to a central server. Selection was automated based on the marks secured in the 10th standard. Selected candidates were informed via SMS and email and were asked to report to the verifying authority within 15 days for document verification prior to their appointment.

During the verification process, the Odisha Postal Circle allegedly discovered that 63 candidates from various postal divisions, including Baleswar, Mayurbhanj, Kalahandi, and Barhampur, had submitted forged or fake 10th pass certificates.

These certificates were allegedly issued by the Board of High School and Intermediate Education, Allahabad; the West Bengal Board, Kolkata; and the Jharkhand Academic Council, Ranchi, among others.

The complaint suggested the alleged involvement of an interstate racket in creating and supplying these forged certificates in collusion with the candidates. Further investigation into the matter is underway.

(ANI)

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