Inquiry in fake forest guard recruitment scam involving top cop goes missing

Where has gone the inquiry into the infamous fake forest guard recruitment scam involving some of the top officers of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) involving alleged transaction of more than Rs. 7 crore?

If the sources are to be believed, inquiry has been shelved and the officers have been told that they can enjoy without worrying being asked tough questions about this recruitment scam.  Personal Security Officer (PSO) of a top officer who had been arrested for being involved in the scam had then stated that apart from being involved in this scam, they had even minted money by holding a fake forest guard recruitment rally.

An FIR no. 84/2013 u/s 420 had been registered in police station Rambal under Prevention of Corruption Act against the accused officers. The inquiry had been entrusted to a DySP. Sources said that the FIR in the forest guard recruitment scam had been lodged after several leaders and ministers of the then coalition government had pressurized the police to take cognizance and book those involved.

Sources said that the officer who was of the rank of IGP had held a recruitment rally in Udhampur wherein several youth had been promised that they would be appointed as forest guards if they qualify the recruitment rally. They added that the youth who had been duped of money had alleged that money had been taken from them for being appointed as forest guards.  Sources further said that for the purpose of recruitment, the senior police officer and his subordinates had opened a fake office of the forest department in Jammu and in Udhampur district as well.

Sources said that some raids were conducted here and there but not substantial was done against the said retired IGP who name these duped youngsters had taken in their complaint. They added that the retired IGP was not summoned even once despite the fact that he was the one who ran the racket and on whose behest, everything had happened.

According to one Ranbir Singh (name changed), when they came to know that they had been duped of their hard-earned money, they approached the officers demanding money be returned to them. “We were threatened of dire consequences. We were told that if taking money was an offence, even giving money was punishable under law,” said Ranbir. He added “They told us that they would get us booked under PSA if we raised our voice.”

He said that an FIR was lodged but inquiry was never completed. “Let the police take a serious note of the FIR and question the accused retired IGP who took money from us. What they done so far is that they have booked those who were conduits and had no role in the actual fraud committed with us,” said the aggrieved Ranbir. He said that police should re-open the case and start the investigation by first securing arrest of the retired IGP who was the kingpin.


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