Impersonation, forgery case

Conviction of 3 upheld in conductor hiring exam

Conviction of 3 upheld in conductor hiring exam

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14

Dr Sushil Kumar Garg, special CBI Judge, upheld the conviction of three persons in the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) bus conductor recruitment exam scam.

Rajinder Kumar, Sanjay Bhardwaj and Sandeep Kumar were convicted by the CBI Judicial Court and were sentenced to one and a half years of jail in January last year.

All convicts had filed appeals in the special CBI court against the sentence. The court has dismissed the appeals.

The CTU had issued an advertisement for the recruitment of conductors in 2010.

On the day of the written examination, the CBI received a tip-off that some other persons were giving the exam on behalf of the applicants. During the surprise checking at one of the examination centres, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, Chandigarh, Sanjay Bhardwaj, one of the convicts, was found writing the examination by impersonating Rajinder who was rounded up by a joint surprise check team.

During an inquiry, Sanjay Bhardwaj stated that Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Sonepat, had brought him to the city to appear in the said examination in place of the actual candidate. Sandeep Kumar was waiting outside in the vicinity of the centre. The CBI arrested the three persons and cases were registered against them. After completion of the investigation, a challan was presented against the accused for the commission of offences under Section 120-B of the IPC read with Sections 419, 420 and 467 read with Sections 511, 468 and 471 of the IPC.

The trio was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for one and a half years in an order pronounced on January 14, 2020, by Ravish Kaushik, Special Judicial Magistrate, CBI court.

The convicts challenged the order on various grounds. But after hearings the arguments, Dr Sushil Kumar Garg, Appellate Authority/Special Judge, observed that the trial court rightly held that the appellants had hatched a criminal conspiracy and agreed to commit the illegal acts of impersonation, forgery and cheating. The court observed that there was no reason to interfere in the judgment of the trial court.

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