Last week, when a student called on the Anti-Corruption Helpline 1031 to complain about an alleged racket where teachers sought bribes to allow students to cheat in an examination, the helpline asked him to do a sting. The student couldn’t. His next phone call was to tell the operator that he had done as much as he could and that it was “up to them” to trust him and “take a chance”.
The chance anti-corruption officials took led them to a racket where five teachers were identified as accepting bribes from class XI and XII students of a government school in Model Town during their final exams. A search also revealed that the teachers had all the answers written down on pieces of paper which were to be given to students depending on how much money they had to offer.
Sources said the teachers had been planning this for quite sometime and that there was a possibility that more of the faculty was involved.
The Delhi government said in a statement that an FIR has been registered against the five teachers of Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Rana Pratap Bagh “after they were caught red-handed accepting bribes in return for allowing students to cheat during their final examinations”.
Sources said the complainant had called on the helpline last week informing them of this racket. However, as is the process, the helpline executives asked him to conduct a sting and produce it before them so that they could further it to the ACB if the evidence was credible. However, while the student tried to conduct a sting, he was unsuccessful and returned to inform the helpline that they would just have to trust him and go ahead with his complaint.
“He had given us some specifics and we took the chance. The matter was forwarded to the ACB immediately and a trap laid. Decoy customers were sent in. The caller on the helpline was advised to lay a trap and a time for the raid was fixed by the ACB which was to be conducted during the class XII Chemistry final exam on Tuesday,” said a senior government official.
“The teachers were caught red-handed while accepting the bribes. They were encouraging students of class XI and XII to cheat in the final exams of the open school. The bribes varied between Rs 20,000 and above from each student,” said the official.
Officials said that the search carried out by the ACB resulted in recovery of chits from the teachers’ pockets. These chits reportedly contained written answers to questions asked in the exam.
The ACB has so far arrested one teacher while the remaining are being questioned. The ACB is in the process of ascertaining their previous criminal involvements, if any.
Jal board officials arrested
Five employees of the Delhi Jal Board including a chief engineer have been arrested for siphoning off government funds in the names of contractors for repairing a pipeline in 2013. This, the officials did by issuing an “urgent tender” for repair and maintenance of the pipeline while simultaneously producing fictitious proposals of two competitive firms showing their inability to do the work.
An FIR says while on paper, the officials had mentioned how repair work on the pipelines had been carried out, in reality, no work had been done and despite this, payment had been released to the contractors. Among those arrested are Vijay Prakash Gunjyal, chief engineer and Satya Pal Singh, executive engineer.
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