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DIG, Yervada Jail, among nine suspended: Dy CM

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Mumbai, Mar 23 (UNI) The Maharashtra government has suspended a total of officials including a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and three jail superintendents in two different cases, including a recruitment scam of 2005.

Talking to reporters at the Vidhan Bhawan here last night, Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil, who also holds the Home portfolio, said DIG of Yervada Jail (Pune) Dhanaji Chaudhary, three jail superintendents and a stenographer were among the nine suspended by the government.

They were suspended and arrested on charges of corruption in the jail guard recruitment scandal, he said.

Mr Patil said while a constable at Swargate police station, Pune, was dismissed from service, a police sub inspector was suspended for being hand-in-glove with ''matka'' operators and allowing them to operate in the vicinity of the police station.

Meanwhile, a report from Pune said that the State government had directed the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on March 3 to investigate the jail guard recruitment scandal, which involved DIG Dhanaji Chaudhary and six others.

The ACB had arrested the accused, but they were released by a special court in Pune.

The Westen region comprising ten jails, had issued an advertisement for 67 vacant posts of jail guards in 2005, for which over 8,800 applications were received.

The posts were filled up, but there were strong complaints from some of the candidates that there was favouritsm at various stages of recuritment, according to ACB sources.

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