The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday ordered registration of FIR and investigation by the CB-CID in connection with disbursement of scholarships worth over Rs 2 lakh by the principal of an inter college. He had allegedly got the scholarship distributed to 438 non-existent students. The principal had approached the High Court against an order passed by the District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) directing recovery of Rs 2.14 lakh from him for the fraudulent transaction.
A single-judge bench of Justice Sudhir Agarwal directed the secretary (secondary education) to get an FIR lodged at Bharthana in Etawah district and request the authorities concerned to transfer the investigation to the CB-CID. The court has directed the department to file a compliance report by November 20.
Principal Naresh Chandra Verma of Shankar Anglo-Vedic Inter-College in Bharthana,Etawah,had challenged the DIOS order,passed in January this year. However,when the court summoned the records of students shown as eligible for scholarship,it found that nearly 97 per cent students out of 450 had been found to be below poverty line (BPL).
In one case,the court found that two students,shown to be real brothers,had dates of birth within two months of each other. The court added that such a list created doubt and was a fit case for registration of an FIR. It also ordered that the role of other officers of the education department,who had approved the list,also required to be probed.