Paper leak: Bail plea of railway official rejected

August 3rd, 2010 - 10:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Aug 3 (IANS) A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here Tuesday dismissed the bail petition of suspended chairman of railway recruitment board (RRB), Mumbai, M. Sharma in the examination paper leak case.
This is the second time that Sharma’s bail petition has been dismissed by the court since his arrest in the case in June.

The CBI opposed Sharma’s bail plea on the ground that this would hamper the investigations into the case.

Sharma, his son Vivek Bharadwaj and senior railway officials A.K. Jagannathan and G. Sethi, are lodged at Chanchalguda central jail here.

The court June 24 sent Sharma and Sethi, senior divisional personnel officer, Raipur, to judicial custody.

The other accused include Jagannathan, a former additional divisional railways manager, Raipur, and his son Srujan.

The federal investigating agency had unearthed the racket, involving railway officials and agents.

They allegedly charged nearly Rs.3.5 lakh from each candidate for recruitment tests for the posts of assistant locomotive pilots and assistant station masters held early June.

Investigations have revealed that at least 444 candidates were supplied question papers. Sharma, Bhardwaj and their accomplices are believed to have pocketed over Rs.15.5 crore through these deals.

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