The Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board has put on hold job orders of 680 constable trainees following email complaints that they got in with fake certificates in the sports quota.
They were among the 47,000 who passed the written examinations held in 2019 for posts in the Tamil Nadu Special Battalion (TSP). Out of which around 8,800 youngsters got through the physical witness test. From the list 800 got priority appointment under the sports quota for their proficiency in athletics and kabbadi or those sportspersons who represented Tamil Nadu in inter-State athletics and other games.
Email complainants alleged that these candidates got bogus certificates from private training institutes with retired police officers in their employment. The recruitment board referred the complaints to the Tamil Nadu Sports Authority which said that certificates of 200 candidates were genuine and those remaining 880 were fake .
The board has put their jobs on hold and asked the Government to explore legal options in the matter.
The scam has come in the wake of irregularities in the recruitment of candidates for Class IV and II A posts in Tamil Nadu Government following tampering of question and answering sheets in the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission(TNPSC) examinations held in 2017 and 18. Nearly 40 persons, including alleged mastermind Jayakumar, are in custody.
Interrogation of Jayakumar, a broker, has revealed that there was a similar fraud in examinations for recruitment of village administration officers. A VAO, Narayanan from Villupuram, has been arrested. Investigation is on to find out how many got VOA jobs by cheating in the examinations.
Reports say Jayakumar has been in this racket for the past ten years and he has amassed crores of rupees. He has a house in Mogappair in Chennai and another in suburban Avadi.