The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case against four former CBSE officers for their alleged involvement in illegal recruitment in the central board.

According to media reports, the former officers of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), who have been booked by the central investigation agency, include a then joint secretary, two assistant secretaries and one other officer.

A report quoted CBI officials as saying that the case was registered against the former officers for allegedly misusing their official position, circumventing reservation provisions, and using forged and fake documents to get jobs in the CBSE.

One of the accused has also been charged with paying a consultant Rs 26.92 lakh for which no contract document could be found.

The former CBSE officers, who are under the CBI net, have been identified as SP Rana, a joint secretary, who retired while he was on suspension, dismissed assistant secretary Babita Rani, assistant secretary Shikha Tomar and assistant programmer Ruchin Tomar.

The CBI in its FIR said, Rana is accused of appointing Rani and Shikha Tomar, who belong to the Jat community, between 2012 and 2014 under the OBC quota though the community was not eligible for reservation at that time.

The CBI alleged that Rana facilitated the selection of Shikha Tomar, the daughter-in-law of his brother, as assistant secretary on the basis of a fake and invalid experience certificate.

According to the FIR, Rana is accused of allowing overpayment of Rs 26.92 lakh to KPMG for its outsourced services for the processing of an application for affiliation and upgradation of schools.

The FIR said, during inquiry, the CBSE was not able to provide the original file for the payments.

The FIR has been registered after a preliminary inquiry by the CBI revealed that Rana made repeated recommendations for Rani’s appointment in 2012.

Rani was dismissed from service on January 31 this year.

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