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Dheera names 13 candidates
Bribes in PPSC recruitment scam
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 5
Prime accused in the PPSC recruitment scam — Randhir Singh Dheera today listed 13 candidates, including nine who paid to get into the PCS (Executive), in a supplementary statement filed before a local court under Section 164 of the CrPC even as he continued to be quiet on names of candidates of members of the judiciary or other important persons who had figured in revelations earlier.

Dheera had earlier on May 16 filed an application before Judicial Magistrate Ranjit Kumar Jain claiming he wanted to supplement the statement given by him earlier under Section 164 the CrPC in the same court. Dheera had in his statement claimed that he had been suffering from ill health and had been perplexed during the recording of the statement and that he was in a better frame of mind now and wanted to supplement it. The application had been allowed and Dheera appeared before Mr Jain again today to record his statement.

Dheera, however, has completely clammed up on mentioning any candidate of any member of the judiciary or other important persons who, it he had earlier claimed, had pulled strings to get selected to the PCS (Executive). Even in his last statement recorded under Section 164 here he had mentioned that jailed PPSC Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu had mentioned to him that some members of the judiciary had been pressurising him by making phone calls but that he did not know whether their work had been done or not.

In today’s statement sources said Dheera while listing those who had paid money to get nominated to the PCS, said he had facilitated the meeting of a DDPO Jaspal Singh who he had met in Amritsar with the PPSC Chairman. He said a deal was struck for Rs 20 lakh which the candidate himself gave to the PPSC chief. He said similarly a personal assistant Jasbir Singh who had been recommended by Prem Sagar for PCS (Executive) nomination had paid Rs 20 lakh to the PPSC chief after he arranged a meeting between the two.

He said a Tehsildar by the name of Kahlon whose initials were either I S or A S had been recommended to him by a Chandigarh advocate by the name of Jaspreet Singh and that Ravi Sidhu had demanded Rs 30 lakh from him to for nomination to the PCS. He said the candidate had paid the money himself. He said another candidate for nomination Karnail Singh who had been posted in Chandigarh had been recommended by a Cooperative Audit Inspector Gurmukh Singh and that the candidate had himself given Ravi Sidhu Rs 22 lakh after he facilitated their meeting.

Dheera said in another nomination case a couple — Pritpal Singh, who was an Addtional District Attorney, and Balraj Kaur, a Tehsildar, had been recommended to him by an advocate G S Cheema and that Ravi Sidhu demanded Rs 50 lakh from them which they themselves paid to him.

The sources said while giving his statement on the direct PCS (Executive) selections, Dheera said a candidate Ranjit Singh had been recommended to him by former Markfed District Manager G S Hundal and that Ravi Sidhu had demanded Rs 42 lakh to ensure his selection which the party directly to him. He said another candidate Kewal Kumar Garg had paid Rs 50 lakh to the

PPSC chief through him to get selected to the PCS (Executive). He said another PCS (Executive) candidate Sukhwinder Singh had paid the PPSC chief Rs 40 lakh after his case was recommended to him by Markfed employee B M Sharma.

In his lone disclosure on a PCS (Judicial) officer, he said he had been approached by one Mahinder Singh and that Ravi Sidhu had demanded Rs 40 lakh to select him for the post.

In his disclosure about the post of Deputy superintendent of Police (DSP), he said a candidate from Amritsar whose father’s name was Makhan Singh had approached him and he had facilitated his meeting with the PPSC Chairman. He said Rs 1 crore had been demanded from the candidate and that the candidate had paid Rs 40 lakh as advance and promised to pay the rest before the declaration of the result.

Dheera also listed two candidates who paid money to be recruited as Block Development and Panchayat Officers (BDPOs). He said these were Harpreet Singh who paid Rs 35 lakh and Sarvvijay Singh who had been asked to pay Rs 58 lakh but he did not know whether the money was paid to Ravi Sidhu or not.

Dheera disclosed that Sidhu used to take between Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh for selecting candidates for the posts of Sub Divisional Officers and Veterinary Officers.

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