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43 more in job scam

Bokaro, Jan. 29: Forty-three more names have cropped up in the Bokaro steel recruitment scam after yesterday’s nationwide raids by the CBI.

All these 43 beneficiaries were illegally appointed to plum posts by the steel major during the tenure of former managing director V.K. Shrivastava and former executive director Jivesh Mishra between 2007 and 2010 in addition to the 13 who have already been named in an FIR.

“These people were appointed as assistant managers, deputy managers and junior managers in so-called upcoming steel processing plants at Bettiah and Gaya (both in Bihar), which never came up. More FIRs will be filed in the case very soon,” said a CBI officer from Delhi.

According to him, the beneficiaries were related to senior politicians of BJP, Congress, JMM, JVM besides two former judges, lawyers and bureaucrats. “They are not in the list of 13 who figure in the FIR lodged by CBI Dhanbad,” he added.

He further said that soon after taking charge, Shrivastava directed that vacant posts of junior and middle management officers would be filled up and took out advertisements in only one newspaper with very poor circulation. The advertisement neither carried the SAIL logo nor Bokaro steel was mentioned anywhere.

“The candidates who were to be appointed were called individually and after a few formalities of test and interview, appointment letters were given to them without following rules. More heads will roll in the scam,” the CBI officer said.

Dhanbad CBI SP P.K. Maji confirmed that the seized documents showed several loopholes in the recruitment process during Shrivastava’s tenure.