ITANAGAR, Mar 25: The inquiry commission to investigate the alleged cash for job scam in the Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB) has submitted its findings to the state government. The details are awaited.
A high-level inquiry committee, comprising Principal Resident Commissioner Jitendra Narain and Home Commissioner Kaling Tayeng was formed to inquire into the alleged malpractices in the LDC/JSA examination conducted by the board on 2 February. The committee was asked to submit its report within 21 days in an order issued on 3 March.
Meanwhile, the special investigation cell (SIC) of the state police, which is investigating the malpractices that occurred in the exam conducted by the APSSB for the posts of LDC, JSA and others, has arrested 16 persons so far.
SIC SP M Harsha Vardhan issued a statement on Monday, informing that four brokers, identified as Mongam Basar, Yamak Dui, Yanyi Bage and Taba Rinyo, have been arrested for acting as conduits between candidates and the then APSSB undersecretary Kapter Ringu.
The others arrested are eight candidates – Senia Bagang, Oti Takuk, Kenjum Lendo, Tatem Darang, Diasy Mijiji, Yapi Godak, Mosmi Dui and Tame Nacham – and a vendor, identified as Surojit Das.
Ringu along with data entry operators Tame Tania and Khem Raj, who also turned out to be selected candidates in the examination, are already under arrest.
On March 5, the Chief Minister Pema Khandu had informed the legislative assembly that those who paid money were equally responsible for corruption, and therefore will have to face the consequences.
The chief Minister had said that the recent fiasco at the board was a learning experience and efforts are on to plug the loopholes.
“Cash for job has deeply hurt the people of the state and myself,” Khandu had said.
The APSSB is the pet project of the chief minister, who had said that illegal appointments in the state would be curbed after the formation of the APSSB, before it was caught in the cash-for-job scam.