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    Cash-for-jobs: NDA ex-commandant to be grilled

    New Delhi: The money trail in the cash-for-jobs case at the prestigious defence training institute, the National Defence Academy, has reached former commandant Lieutenant General Jatinder Singh. Lt General Jatinder Singh will be questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case.

    Sources say that the CBI may seek clarifications from the Lt General who was recently removed as Commandant of NDA, Pune. Sources say the CBI is pursuing leads that money may have changed hands at the level of the Lt General to allegedly to benefit his brother.

    On June 24, the CBI arrested two Colonels and five others for taking bribes to ensure jobs as cooks, gardeners and lab attendants. The accused allegedly took bribe for jobs and the CBI claims to have recovered Rs 1.76 crore from different locations in connection with the case.

    Acting on a tip-off, CBI officials raided 14 places in Pune, Mumbai, Gurgaon and Sonepat, and recovered huge cash, which was allegedly taken by officials and their touts for recruiting subordinate staff like cook, gardener, library and laboratory attendants, cadet orderly and lower division clerks.

    Among those arrested were Colonel Kulbir Singh, staff officer to Lt Gen Jatinder Singh, NDA employee Ramesh Gaikwad, Bal Kishen Kanojia - who runs a food stall in Pune, his employee Vishnu Sharma and two alleged touts Manoj Sheetal Kar and Dattatre Sheetal Kar.

    Col Singh, who belongs to the Guards regiment, was arrested from the Colaba military station.

    The accused persons had allegedly taken signatures of those candidates, who had agreed to pay the bribe, on blank sheets and later filled them with correct answers through fraudulent means.