Fake degree scam: HC hands over case to CBI

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday directed the state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau to hand over investigations of the fake degree scam,involving a Kangra-based BEd College,to the CBI.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published:May 4, 2012 3:59 am

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday directed the state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau to hand over investigations of the fake degree scam,involving a Kangra-based BEd College,to the CBI. The order comes on a petition seeking an independent probe into the scam,filed by V P Ahluwalia — a retired principal.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary passed the orders asking the Additional Director General of Police (State Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau) to handover the case material to the Shimla CBI Superintendent of Police within two weeks. The court also directed the CBI to take appropriate action in regard to the case in three months.

In his petition,Ahluwalia had alleged that Rajesh Thakur,Director of Thakur College of Education in Dhaliara,had used fake documents to get college recognised by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE).

He also alleged that Thakur’s siblings had used fake degrees to get government jobs.

Meanwhile,the CBI has registered a case on Ahluwalia’s complaint alleging that Ajit Singh Rana — the then regional director of the NCTE in Jaipur — had abused his official position to grant recognition to the Thakur College of Education to enrol students in additional 100 BEd and 25 MEd seats during 2007-08.

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