Delhi's 'Chowkidar' Scam? CBI Files Case Over Irregularities in Recruitment at FCI

After noticing discrepancies in the recruitment process conducted by Ace Integrated Solutions Limited, the Food Corporation of India had filed a complaint with the CBI last year.

New Delhi: The CBI has registered a case of alleged irregularities in the recruitment of watchmen for the Food Corporation of India’s Delhi region, an NDTV report said.

The case has been registered based on a complaint filed by the public sector undertaking in 2018.

According to the report, in April 2017, FCI had outsourced the recruitment of watchmen for the Delhi region to a private agency, Ace Integrated Solutions Limited.

For the 53 positions up for grabs, 98,771 candidates appeared for an entrance test in February 2018. Of these, “around 171 candidates qualified, and 96 candidates were shortlisted after document verification and a physical endurance test”.

Finally, 53 were empanelled and 43 kept waiting.

According to NDTV, FCI first notice discrepancies while performing background checks. It then reached out to the CBI claiming that there was enough evidence to suggest that some “unscrupulous elements” had succeeded in clearing the written examination.

The CBI then launched a preliminary inquiry, and uncovered several offences such as “criminal conspiracy, cheating by impersonation, cheating and forgery” by the private firm as well as individual candidates.

Sources in the CBI told NDTV that the preliminary probe revealed at least 14 cases of impersonation out of the 96 selected candidates.

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“The investigation revealed similar irregularities in the recruitment process of the FCIs in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan regions too. We are also in the process of collecting information regarding other recruitment projects carried out by the company. Necessary action may then be taken as per the law,” one source told NDTV.

In response, Ace Integrated Solutions Limited has said that it has carried out “over 500 successful recruitment drives” over 20 years for various public sector units.

“There has not been even a single case of failure until now. The said order was executed in the most professional, transparent and fair manner, and every effort was made to ensure that there was no malpractice during recruitment,” it said.

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