Patna: The Inspector General of the CRPF in Bihar, Pushkar Singh, who is also the nodal officer to look after the deployment of the Central Para Military Force for the parliamentary election in Bihar, and nine other top officials were rounded up following CBI raids on their premises all over the country. Incriminating documents as well as cash worth Rs one crore and property papers were seized following the raids, which continued till late on Tuesday. Raids were conducted on the premises of IG, DIG and commandants of the Bihar and Jharkhand sectors, in connection with alleged bungling in the recruitment of CRPF constables in 2008-09.
The raiding teams also seized several incriminating documents from the Moin-ul Haq Stadium base of the CRPF and residential-cum-official premises of Pushkar Singh on Bailey Road in Patna.
According to sources the officials under CBI scanner were members of the Bihar Recruitment Board which was headed by Singh. The CBI has lodged a case in which they have been accused of bungling the recruitments in return of illegal gratification from a large number of job aspirants. The accused include some private persons.
Simultaneous raids were conducted in Jamshedpur, Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Daltonganj, Munger, Bhagalpur, Ranchi, Mokamaghat, Aligarh, Yamunanagar (Haryana) and Mohali (Chandigarh).
Singh, it must be recalled, was earlier indicted by the CRPF for irregularities in recruitment of constables in 2007. The recruitments were also cancelled. However, the Bihar board headed by Singh was allowed to recruit a fresh batch of constables in the 2008-09.