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Tehri SP Kewal Khurana could be transferred

Dehradun, Acting on the the reports about alleged irregularities in sub-inspector’s examination, Uttarakhand Police likely to recommend State Government to transfer Tehri SP Kewal Khurana due to his alleged involvement in the irregularities, once they receive the report of Crime Branch CID (CBCID), who is inquiring into the matter, said DGP Uttarakhand Police Jyoti Swarup Pandey.  If SP would not cooperate with investigation agency and try to create impediment in the process of inquiry then police department would recommend the State Government to transfer him outside Tehri, DGP Pandey added.  Meanwhile, DGP has ordered to CBCID to probe alleged irregularities in SI rankers exam which would be monitored by a ADG rank officer of CID. They would investigate the video recording of Tehri examination centre and would record the statements of candidates, who were sitting around the alleged seven candidates during the exam. These seven candidates were allegedly allowed to sit in separate room during examination. The CBCID would also inquire whether series of OMR answersheet was maintained or not and check the attendance sheet as well. They would conduct the independent probe, DGP added, when asked about the possibility of any influence to the inquiry process.  He further ascertained that this incident has maligned the image of police department. However, he assured that IPS lobby would not influence the inquiry to save SP Khurana.

SP Khurana claimed that no discrepancy was made during the exam in Tehri. More than 250 candidates across the State have scored above 250 marks out of 300. Simultaneously, neither marks of alleged seven candidates nor their answersheets were found similar, which rectified any possibility of irregularities, SP Kurana added. More than 5,000 head constables and constables had appeared in the SI rankers exams, which was conducted on January 23, against 51posts. The Police Headquarter (PHQ) had received an anonymous letter, which claimed the irregularities in SI rankers exam at Tehri centre, thus this incident came into light. The letter further alleged that one head constable and six constables were allowed to write answers in a separate room by the Tehri SP, Kewal Khurana. Ironically, 13 candidates including alleged seven police personnel have scored in between 255 - 280 in Tehri.  Meanwhile police department has transferred all seven named police personnel i.e. head constable Rajiv Kumar, constable Ajay Raj Singh, Chandrashekhar Bhatta, Manoj Wainiwal, Yogendra Singh, Dinesh Singh and Deepak Mamgai in Kumaon division with immediate effect.  Chandrashekhar who was gunner of SP Khurana secured second highest position and got 275 marks out of 300. While Deepak was also a gunner and Rajiv and Manoj were posted at Special Operation Group.  Dinesh was posted at police line while Yogendra and Ajay were posted at Muni Ki Reti police station. The CBCID probe was ordered after indications of irregularities during departmental inquiry led by DIG (PAC) Alok Sharma.

It is also being believed that apart from SP and Deputy SP of Tehri, several other police personnel would come under the ambit of investigation, who were invigilators at the exam centre.

News Source: Editor 17-Feb-2011

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