SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed government to bring modifications within three months to the Education Rules of 2010.
The direction by a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durez Ahmad and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey followed submissions by Additional Advocate General B A Dar that draft rules for amending the rules have been prepared. He said that the proposed modifications have been set out in the affidavit filed before court by Principal Secretary to education department.
“Respondents (state functionaries) are directed to bring the modification with three months in the Education Rules of 2010,” the court said and ordered filing of the status report by October 3.
The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation, essentially seeking proper functioning of the Elementary Training Colleges (ETT) in the state.
In another direction, the court directed crime branch of police to file by October 3 latest status report of the investigation into alleged ETT scam.
The Crime Branch has registered two cases (FIR No. 27/2013, P/S Crime Branch, Kashmir and FIR: 36/2013, Crime Branch, Jammu) under 5(2) of Prevention of corruption Act) as well as RPC sections of 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery), 471 (counterfeit seal).
It has already filed charge sheet before a court with regard to investigation of sessions 2003-2005, 2004-2006, 2005-2007 & 2006-2008 in FIR 36/2013.
The investigation in respect of session 2008-2010 was going on. Similarly, investigation of FIR (27/2017) was still ongoing. An inquiry conducted by the Board of School Education (BOSE) into the training course by the ETT colleges has already described it a “big scandal run by mafia in league with the top brass in the BOSE.”
The investigators arrested some officials of the BOSE including its former chairman in connection with the case. They were later released on bail.
The crime branch registered cases on an inquiry report forwarded to it by the J&K State Board of School Education regarding irregularities, sex-exploitation and charging of whopping amounts of Rs 40000-80000 without any regular classes for candidates of ETT colleges in the state.