Bhanu Be Lohomi
Tribune News Service
Shimla, November 20
No less than 22 educational institutions on CBI’s radar in the Rs 250 crore scholarship scam have not only committed fraud with the government but also demanded that students pay money for the release of scholarships.
A section of the students of these institutions located in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have alleged that the departments have sought funds to pay their dues, according to CBI sources.
Scam under the lens of CBI
- Over 270 Institutions Under Scanner in Multi Crore Scholarship Scam
- Scholarship funds for nearly 32,000 students have not been credited to their accounts
- CBI sources say students from 22 institutions have accused departments of bribery
Scholarship funds for nearly 32,000 students have not been credited to their accounts. More than 270 organizations are under the scanner in a multi-crore scam involving departments of institutes, HP education officials, and banks.
The scam dates back to 2012-13 when scholarships were under 36 schemes for pre and post-school students belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Backward Classes are not paid. After the disclosure, the CBI registered a case under sections 409, 419, 465, 466 and 471 of the IPC on May 8, 2019.
A CBI investigation revealed that fake affiliation letters were submitted by institutions to mislead the Department of Education, which failed to ensure physical verification of infrastructure and student strength.
Other inconsistencies included not providing copies of Aadhaar cards to students, using the same accounts to withdraw scholarships to dummy students and opening dummy accounts in three nationalized banks.