Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, June 22:
Vigilance sleuths today arrested Niranjan Tripathy, a co-accused in the Amin-Revenue Inspector (RI) recruitment scam in Odisha’s Balangir district.
Tripathy was a clerk in the Balangir Collector’s office. Earlier, the then collector Debraj Mishra was arrested in the case.
Mishra, who had been arrested in connection with the gross irregularities in the appointment of 120 RIs and amins during his tenure as Bolangir collector in 2012-13, is now out on bail after he obtained bail from the High Court in December last year.
It was an RTI query that nailed the officials.
The startling revelations about the gross irregularities obtained through RTI led first to a Vigilance inquiry and then a Crime Branch probe, culminating in the arrest of Mishra.
The Vigilance had said in the report that Niranjan Tripathy, a senior clerk in the Collector’s office, had intervened in the matter and told the evaluators that there were no specific guidelines regarding computer practical test, which was later conducted as per his suggestion.
The report had also stated that the candidates were awarded marks as per the order of the collector.
The report had revealed that the candidates, who had secured 2 marks in computer practical test, were given 93 marks while the candidates who had secured 98 marks were awarded zero marks as per the advice of Mishra during the revision of answer sheets, which was conducted by the employees not engaged in the examination earlier.
Besides, the Vigilance officials had also found that the candidates securing zero marks and others, who had not attended the physical test, had been given appointment.
Later, the case was handed over to the Crime Branch which during its investigation found the involvement of the collector and four government employees, including Niranjan Tripathy, a senior clerk, in the illegal appointment and had registered cases against all five of them.