High Court orders SIT to find out institutions which run without proper permission of BOSE

Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 21 2018 1:25AM | Updated Date: Feb 21 2018 1:25AM

The High Court on Tuesday ordered that the Special Investigating team probing irregularities in admissions to Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) colleges to find out the number of institutions running without proper permissions of Board of School Education (BOSE) 

A division bench of Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice M K Hanjura directed the crime branch’s SIT to inform the court about the number of institutions running in violation of norms by March 20. 

Seeking action against violators in accordance with law, the court directed the probe agency to carry out a complete investigation of the case from 2012 to 2017. 

The Court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation seeking probe into multi-crore Rupees scam related to the irregularities in admissions to ETT colleges in the state. The enquiry conducted by the BOSE reveals that Elementary Teachers' Training (ETT) course is a huge scandal where crores of rupees are given and taken as bribe.

In response to court’s query as to why the action as warranted under law against culpable is so slow, the state counsel however said that government has taken action.

The court directed the government to take action against the officials of the BOSE who are hand in glove with spurious institutions and have shown utter disregard to control mushrooming of such institutions. 

With regard to framing of rules for ETT Institutions the state counsel informed the court that the Secretary BOSE in consultation with the Law department are taking steps to finalize the same. 

Earlier the Court had directed the government to apprise it about the modifications that a committee headed by Director School Education had recommended to incorporate in the J&K Education Department rules 2010 notified through SRO 123 dated March-18, 2010. 

“We hope the Secretaries of both these departments will not keep the ball oscillating as a customary course adopted in many other cases,” the court said, seeking personal affidavits attesting the steps taken for finalization of rules by the secretaries. 

The court directed the two officers to appear in person on next date of hearing in case they failed to implement its direction. 

After the scam surfaced, the crime branch had registered two cases (FIR No. 27/2013, P/S Crime Branch, Kashmir and FIR: 36/2013, Crime Branch, Jammu) under 5(2) of Prevention of corruption Act) as well as RPC sections of 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery), 471 (counterfeit seal).


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