UP assistant teacher recruitment scam: Exam topper fails to name President of India, govt orders probe

Imagine a person scoring 95 per cent marks in UP assistant teachers’ recruitment examination and then failing to name the President of India when asked.

This may seem unthinkable but one Dharmendra Patel, who scored 142 out of 150 marks in the highly-competitive exam, could not answer this basic question.

Patel’s lack of general knowledge and the greater scam came into light after the Prayagraj police on Sunday arrested him and 9 other people involved for allegedly accepting bribes running into lakhs from aspirants who sought jobs as assistant teachers during a recruitment drive for 69,000 posts in the UP basic education department.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the UP government to keep 37,339 posts of assistant teachers vacant, thereby staying the ongoing selection process of teachers in the state.

Already mired in controversy, the entire recruitment process has already been stayed by the High Court and the state government has challenged the decision. Congress has called ‘Vyapam’-like scam.

Meanwhile, the Yogi Adityanath government on Tuesday ordered an STF probe into the teachers’ recruitment scam in the state.

Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, UP basic education minister Satish Dwivedi said, “The probe began after one of the applicants named Rahul filed a complaint with the police of bribes being taken for recruitment. The Prayagraj police immediately acted on the complaint and arrested KL Patel and 9 others for accepting bribes. The government has ordered an STF probe into the matter.”

“We have done the recruitment process according to the guidelines and the procedures. The counselling has been stopped for now as the Allahabad High Court issued a stay on the appointment process of 69,000 assistant basic education teachers on June 3. We filed a special appeal against the single bench order and the HC has reserved the judgement. We will abide by whatever the court decides on the selection process. However, some people who have a family history of being involved in corruption are playing politics over the recruitment unnecessarily,” said Dwivedi targeting the opposition.

Meanwhile, Dharmendra Patel emerging as a topper in the recruitment has raised serious questions on the transparency of the entire process.

Speaking to the media, SSP Prayagraj Satyartha Anirudh Pankaj said, “The main accused has been identified as KL Patel, a former Zila panchayat member and cash worth over Rs 22 lakh has been recovered from the arrested person.”


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