CBI tries to crack secret code
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CBI investigations show Colonel Anil Kumar Singh, presiding officer for conducting recruitment exams for civil employees and physical training officer (PTO) at the National Defence Academy (NDA), tested typing skills of three-four candidates in his office instead of the computer laboratory.
CBI special prosecutor Vivek Saxena revealed this while seeking 14-day custody of Col Singh, when he was produced before CBI special judge D R Mahajan on Tuesday. Saxena stated 10 reasons why the CBI wanted 14-day custody. The defence lawyer objected to CBI custody, but the court remanded him in four-day CBI custody till July 7.
The CBI wanted Col Singh's custody to interrogate him in connection with transcription of telephone calls between him and other accused and "secret words" used by them in these conversations. "The accused had used words like ek aur wicket gir gaya (one more wicket is down) and so on, which we want to understand from Col Singh," Saxena told the court.
The CBI also wanted to find out who forwarded the names of candidates to Col Singh. In its remand application, the agency said, "The CBI also wants to recover Rs 52 lakh given to Col Singh by Col Kulbir Singh, and confront Col A K Singh with other accused in connection with appointment of employees at NDA, to interrogate tactics and modus operandi adopted by him and other accused to receive the bribe and so on."
The CBI had stated on Monday that answersheets of some of the candidates showed they cancelled their options selected earlier and changed them later marking it with a different ink. "The CBI wants to interrogate the accused (A K Singh) on the point of overwriting answer sheets," the remand application further stated.
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