Scholarship scam: Two institutes booked in Jaspur and Bazpur
Regarding the multi-crore scholarship scam in the State, the Udham Singh Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Barinderjit Singh, said that order for filing cases against Rishi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Meerut and Brightland College, Haryana in Bazpur and Jaspur police stations has been issued. He further said that in the investigation, it was found that most of the students never really applied for scholarships. Some students were also lured by middle-men in false schemes.
SSP Singh said, “As per the directions of Uttarakhand High-Court, Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed at police headquarters level. Under the supervision of Inspector General (IG), Sanjay Gunjyal, a district-level SIT was formed here.
During our primary investigation, we found involvement of two educational institutes. First Information Reports has been filed against these institutes in two separate police stations. There are other middle men involved in the case. We are now conducting further investigation to arrest them.”
According to the information provided by local police, during physical verification of students concerned in the scholarship scam, the police found that the students were lured under the pretext of false schemes.
In some cases, middle men under pretext of facilitating scholarships to students took their documents and then by showing those documents at social welfare department, took scholarship money. In some cases, few students, who were actually from general category, were shown in Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe categories. Some students were given admissions in educational institutes on the basis of falsified documents.
According to the information provided by police headquarters, during primary investigation in Nainital district, it was found that an Uttar Pradesh-based institute Monad University was given the scholarship amount of Rs 20,63,900 through cheque for the education of 28 students by the then Nainital social welfare officer. When the SIT team physically verified the students, it was found that none of the 28 listed students took admission in the university or received any scholarship.
Further investigative steps are being taken against the university authorities, the then employees and officers concerned of Indian Overseas Bank, Hapur.
Similarly in Tehri district, for scamming government money case is being filed against Annapurna Food and Craft Institute of Management at Chamba police station.
It is pertinent to mention here that in the scholarship scam, it is suspected that the scholarship amount supposed to be given to the Schedule Tribe students of the State was embezzled by institutions in connivance with individuals.
Friday, 27 September 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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