Elementary Training College scam: HC aghast over sluggish investigation

Elementary Training College scam: HC aghast over sluggish investigation

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to submit an updated status report of the investigations in ETT (Elementary Training colleges) scam.

The court also directed the state to file an updated chart indicating the institutions which have been closed and those permitted to function.

The cousel representing the state BA Dar informed the court that the charge sheet for sessions 2003-05, 2004-06, 2005-06, 2005-07, 2006-08, 2007-09 and 2008-10 have already been produced before the Special Judge anti-corruption Jammu. In so far as the session 2009-11 is concerned the investigation has been completed and the charge sheet has been produced in the said court on August 21, 2017 against 15 accused persons.

He also stated that as far session 2011-13 is concerned, the investigation is going on. The relevant record has been seized by the IO (Investigating Officer).

Hearing the PIL, the division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked that more than 55 ETT institutions were established during the session 2011-13. The record collected so far is under scrutiny and after completion of the examination of documents the final view in the matter would be taken.

“Investigation should have been completed by now but still it is in process. We have to cut the crime from roots not from shoot,” Chief Justice Ahmed said.

The court directed that investigation in session between 2011 and 2013 shall be expedited.

The court also directed the state counsel to submit report on the proposed amendment of Rules (JK School Education Rules 2010) within four weeks. Observing that the Crime Branch has yet to do many things to bring the matter to its logical conclusion, the bench said, “We expect that the investigations in respect of other allegations will also be concluded at the earliest”.

An inquiry also conducted by the Board of School Education (BOSE) into the training course by the ETT colleges had already described it a “big scandal run by mafia in league with the top brass in the BOSE.”

“Almost all concerned persons are involved in the loot. All sorts of malpractices are being committed. There is no practice of registration of candidates as per time schedule nor are classes actually held.”

“There are no hostel facilities provided to the candidates. The candidates are lured to attractive offers and a huge amount of Rs 45,000 to 80,000 is extracted from each student.

“The whole scandal is run by a mafia in league with top brass of the Board,” The inquiry report of the BOSE had stated.

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).