Close on the heels of conducting searches on the premises of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) Chairman and 13 Members, the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) will seek original selection list, answer sheets and other documents pertaining to the recruitment of candidates to various posts, including Group I services, in 2010-11.

According to agency sources, documents were seized from the residences of a majority of Members during the day-long searches on Friday. Besides answer sheets and unofficial selection list, the police also found diaries that contained registration numbers of candidates along with the names of those who had recommended their selection. The seizures included unaccounted cash and the copy of a letter written by a Member to the former Chief Minister requesting that he be appointed to the TNPSC. The letter also had a “favourable” endorsement made by the then Finance Minister, the sources said.

According to a DVAC official, an investigation was launched based on specific allegations of malpractice in the recruitment of candidates to the posts of Assistant Dental Surgeon, Group-I Services, Village Administrative Officer (VAO), Motor Vehicles Inspector (Grade-II) etc.

After prima facie evidence was made out, a case was registered against the persons concerned and searches carried out.

“We will write to the TNPSC calling for the original answer sheets of candidates selected to various posts. It has to be seen whether there was tampering of answer sheets or any other malpractice. The objective is to see whether any ineligible or undeserving candidate got appointment by fraudulent means,” the official said.

Detailed report

The DVAC will send a detailed report on the searches and seizures to the government, he said.

The accused persons would be summoned for enquiry after fulfilling formalities. On the seizure of about 28 liquor bottles from the residence of Member K.K. Rajaa, the official said they would be referred to the local police station with a report for taking appropriate action under the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition Act.