HC orders CBI probe against pvt educational institutes for getting fake clearance


By: ML Verma

Shimla (Aug 9): Himachal Pradesh High Court today ordered a CBI enquiry to probe cases against private educational institutions for allegedly obtaining clearance and no objection certificate from NCTE, NRC, NCTV, AICTE and other such agencies on fake grounds.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Sanjay Karol instituted a CBI probe directing police to investigate cases against private education institutions for obtaining clearance and NOC from various agencies after filling false document.

The court also directed the CBI and the State Vigilance & Anti-corruption Bureau to conduct investigations in a coordinated manner so that there is no conflict between the two investigating agencies, and submit a report within three month before the court.

These orders were passed by the DB on the petition of a retired principal of Government PG college, Dhaliara, VP Ahluwalia, who alleged that director of Thakur College of Education, Dhaliara, Rajesh Thakur, had used fake documents to get recognition for educational courses from the National Council of Technical Education (NCTE) and that the HP University and the NCTE were not taking any action on his complaints. The petitioner had also alleged that the siblings of Thakur had
used fake degrees to get government jobs.

The CBI had registered a case on the complaint of VP Ahluwalia that Dr Ajit Singh Rana, the then regional director of NCTE, Jaipur, had abused official position to grant recognition to Thakur College of Education for additional intake of 100 seats for BEd and 25 seats for MEd during year 2007-08 in gross and criminal violation of laid down norms and guidelines of NCTE.

CBI brought to the notice of the court that several institutions, who have obtained NOC from NCTE, do not even have proper buildings. At this, the court directed to conduct inquiry into all such institutions and submit a report in the court.

The Court also directed Thakur College of Education, Dhaliara, Dehra, and Thakur Pre-examination Coaching-cum-Training Institute, Nehranpukhar to file reply within a month.

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