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Raids in steel plant job scam

Bokaro/Ranchi, Jan. 28: The CBI today conducted extensive raids across the country in connection with the 2009 recruitment scam of Bokaro Steel Limited, a subsidiary of SAIL.

As many as 36 teams of the investigating agency spread out in Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Delhi to raid offices and residences of the 14 accused, including former managing director of Bokaro Steel Limited (BSL) V.K. Shrivastava during whose tenure the scam was unearthed.

The others under the scanner for favouring candidates having VVIP connections for plum posts are former executive director of the steel major Jivesh Mishra, former general manager (personnel and administration) R.K. Narula and deputy general manager of SAIL Anuj K. Hembrom.

Superintendent of police, CBI, Dhanbad, P.K. Manjhi said: “Raids were simultaneously conducted in 10 cities —Bokaro, Ranchi, Patna, Arah, Ghaziabad, New Delhi, Bhilai, Bhopal, Jabalpur and Bhubaneswar — from where incriminating documents were seized, which just go on to prove the extent of the scam. More raids will continue.”

In Bokaro, the headquarters of the steel plant, a six-member CBI team visited the office of Hembrom, currently posted at SAIL Refractory Limited in Sector IV, and also his house in Sector IV-F early in the morning.

Hembrom’s parental residence at Ashoknagar in Ranchi was also raided.

According to CBI sources, investigations have revealed that several people related to politicians, judges and even one governor were favoured for jobs by the officers. “At least 21 people related to high-profile personalities were appointed illegally along with others. The matter is under investigation,” an officer said.

Insiders said at least 500 appointments were made over the years, of which 114 cases are being probed by the CBI. S.N. Ragi (staff number 78935), son of former Governor Syed Sibtey Razi, is one of them.

“Hundreds of displaced are still striving for jobs on compensatory grounds. They are fighting a court battle, whereas people with connections have bagged jobs,” said Diwan Indranil Sinha, who first lodged complaints with CBI Dhanbad and SAIL’s vigilance department in 2012.


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