A case was filed against the joint secretary, two assistant secretaries, and one more official of CBSE on charges of alleged irregularities in recruitment. CBI Told on Friday.
The CBI authorities said that the case was filed against four former authorities of CBSE on charges of misusing their official position, circumventing reservation provisions, and utilizing fake documents to get positions in the CBSE. One of the former officials is additionally charged with paying a consultant Rs 26.92 lakh for which no agreement document could be found.
The CBI officials named a joint secretary S.P. Rana, who resigned while on suspension, Babita Rani a dismissed Assistant Secretary, Shikha Tomar an Assistant Secretary, and Ruchin Tomar an Assistant Programmer in the case.
According to the FIR, Rana is accused of employing Rani and Shikha Tomar, who belong to the Jat community, between 2012 and 2014 under the OBC quota. However, the community was not eligible for a reservation around then.
The FIR asserted that joint secretary S.P. Rana encouraged the selection of Assistant Secretary Shikha Tomar, the daughter-in-law of his brother, as Assistant Secretary based on a fake and invalid experience certificate.
The FIR likewise charges Rana of allowing overpayment of Rs 26.92 lakh to KPMG for its outsourced services for processing of an application for affiliation and up-gradation of schools.
“During the enquiry, the CBSE was not able to provide the original file for the payments,” it said.
The case was registered after a preliminary inquiry done by the CBI revealed that Rana made repeated recommendations for Rani’s appointment in 2012. Rani was selected under the OBC category even though she was not a bonafide OBC candidate,” the FIR said including that the administration had incorporated the ‘Jat’ people group in the OBC list just in March 2014.
“At the time of the interview, Rana was holding the charge of Joint Secretary (Administration and Legal), CBSE under whose supervision, the selection was made. Rana further facilitated Rani by approving the request made by her for not verifying her credentials i.e. caste certificate, experience certificate, etc,” the FIR said.
Rani was dismissed from the administration on January 31 this year.
The CBI FIR additionally asserted that Shikha Tomar was designated as Assistant Secretary in 2013 based on a fake experience certificate issued from Ozark Global Information Services (OGIS), whose Director Atul Goel said that she never worked with the association and the certificate issued to her is a forged one.
A charge sheet was issued by the CBSE dated November 12, 2018, for major penalty procedures. Yet she has not joined duty for a long time and not responding to the CBSE’s correspondence.
Ruchin Tomar is blamed for making forged and fake documents and mark sheets of bachelor of engineering in 2014 to get work in the CBSE. He was unable to provide the original mark sheets, so he was also terminated from the job.
Meanwhile, Rana was suspended in May 2017 for alleged manipulations in the enlistment process. He resigned on July 7, 2017, while under suspension.