Ranchi, July 5: The CBI today filed five FIRs in connection with the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) employment scam and earmarked seven other cases for a preliminary enquiry.
Cases in which FIRs were lodged comprise the first and second civil services examinations conducted by JPSC, appointment of pharmacists and junior and assistant engineers and irregularities in the appointments of deputy registrars to Sido Kanho Murmu University and Ranchi University.
Those named as accused by the CBI in all the cases include then commission chairman Dilip Prasad, former JPSC members Shanti Devi, Gopal Prasad Singh and Radha Govind Nagesh and former secretary Alice Usha Rani Singh. Barring Nagesh, all the other accused are already lodged in Birsa Munda jail.
The CBI move comes after Jharkhand High Court on June 14 expressed its anguish and dissatisfaction with the working of JPSC vis-à-vis appointment of candidates screened through the second civil services examination.
The court had observed that JPSC, as a constitutional body, had failed to discharge its duty in conducting the selection process and handed over the case to CBI.
Cases which the CBI earmarked for preliminary enquiry relate to misappropriation to the tune of Rs 8 crore by JPSC and appointment of primary teachers, lecturers, doctors, co-operative officers and marketing supervisors.
Initially, the JPSC cases were being investigated by the state vigilance bureau after then Governor M.O.H. Farook, on July 9, 2010, ordered FIRs to be lodged against 32 persons, including all commission members, chairman and secretary, for grave irregularities, forgery, interpolation and fraud in conducting the second civil services exams (2007-08).
The vigilance bureau had already filed its final report in JPSC-1 and JPSC-2 cases with the government.