Delhi EWS admissions: Kingpin, principal ‘manipulated’ lottery system for EWS selection

Sources in the Crime Branch told The Indian Express that apart from making their forged EWS certificates, they also made a forged residential certificate for the parents.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Published: June 28, 2016 7:04:23 pm
Lancer’s Convent and Bal Bharati Public School — two of the schools under probe.  (Source: Express photo by Amit Mehra) Delhi: Lancer’s Convent and Bal Bharati Public School — two of the schools under probe. (Source: Express photo by Amit Mehra)

An investigation into the alleged fake admissions under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota has revealed the modus-operandi of said kingpin Mukesh Sharma and Meenu Goswami, principal of Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura, where they “manipulated” the lottery system which was started for EWS-based admissions.

Sources in the Crime Branch told The Indian Express that during questioning, Sharma said parents were never informed that their child was being admitted under EWS quota in the school. Then, apart from making their forged EWS certificates, they also made a forged residential certificate for the parents.

“They prepared forged residential certificates and showed that their house is situated under the radius of 250 metres near the school in question. In any case, if any parent came to know later that they got admission through EWS quota, they were assured that they will change their sections after around six months after giving an application along with their genuine income certificate,” a police officer said.

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According to the Department of Education rules, there are two requirements for EWS candidates — they have to submit proof of residence such as voter card or utility bill, and income proof which may be an income certificate and BPL card or food security card.

Those staying within a kilometre would be given priority. The slabs are 1 km, 3 km, 6 km and beyond 6 km. Later, the school administration will conduct a draw of lots in the presence of DoE’s observer. Under the Right to Education Act, 25 per cent seats are reserved for students from EWS.

Explaining the alleged scamsters’ modus-operandi, sources said before the lottery system, the school administration short-listed some of the children after scanning their documents and they always gave preference to those who lived within 1 km.

“The accused used their links inside the school when the school administration started short-listing children on the basis of their residence’s distance from the school and chose most of their candidates on this procedure. Later, during the lottery, they opened the chits in front of all the parents,” the officer said.

The Crime Branch on Wednesday brought Sharma face-to-face with Meenu after Sharma disclosed her name during questioning. Police have unearthed 55 fake admissions at the school.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Singh Yadav has confirmed that they were confronted on Wednesday and probe is still on.

Meanwhile, days after busting the gang that was active in the Rohini area, the Crime Branch has now started collecting information and evidence on four new modules that could be active in South and Central Delhi. “Investigators have asked the DoE to provide some documents, but they are not helping. So the probe is stalled,” an officer said.

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