Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed the special police investigation team to complete the probe into the illegal elementary teachers trainings (ETT) colleges scam.
The court directed the police that a probe report into the colleges upto year 2017 be filed before the court.
The division bench comprising Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice MK Hanjura ordered the investigative teams to find out the institutions functioning without proper permission and take action against them.
The court was hearing public interest litigation pertaining to involvement of ETT colleges in various malpractices.
The court directions came after the Senior Additional Advocate General, B A Dar informed the court that the investigators were probing the institutions year wise, and upto 2011 the probe has been completed. However the probe of the year 2012 was going on.
Dar told the court that in 2003-2005, five institutions were found to be functioning illegally. In 2005-06 seven were found illegal, in 2006-07, ten were found illegal, in 2007-08 five were found illegal, in 2008-09, seven were found functioning illegally and in 2010-2011 12 were found illegal.
Justice Sudhakar rejected the year wise method of investigation and told the counsel to get the investigation done till 2017.
The court further said that the officials involved in the functioning of such colleges shall also be booked under law.
Regarding amendment in Jammu and Kashmir School Education Rules 2010, the court had granted four week time to government which has not been availed.
Dar said that various steps have been taken and requested for more time.
The court asked the counsel to file compliance within four week’s time. “We hope that ball should not only move from one court to another and hope that there should be no further delay,” said the court.