Monday, 18 November 2013 | PNS | New Delhi
Defence Minister AK Antony has recommended a CBI probe into an alleged recruitment scam in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) where some senior officers — including two of its former chiefs — violated rules while giving jobs to their kin in violation of rules. The CBI probe was recommended after the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) favoured action against officials.
The Defence Minister recommended the CBI probe into the recruitment scam after the vigilance wing of the Ministry carried out a probe for more than a year after the allegations surfaced, officials said here on Sunday. The DRDO officials under the scanner included two former chiefs and a former Chief Controller of the organisation.
Recently, a Director-rank officer of the DRDO was probed for his alleged role in an appointment made against the laid down procedures and was suspended hours before his retirement from service in May. The official, a senior scientist, was suspended by the department as an inquiry was pending against him in a recruitment-related case where he allegedly recruited his own daughter in the organisation.
The matter had come to light after the CVC recommended action against two DRDO officials for their alleged role in the case. The suspended official was allegedly involved in promotion and selection of scientists in the organisation.