ETT Colleges scam: HC tells Edu dept to submit records with Crime Branch

ETT Colleges scam: HC tells Edu dept to submit records with Crime Branch
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Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Friday directed the School Education department to submit all records and particulars of officials allegedly involved in Elementary Teachers Training Colleges (ETT) scam before the Crime Branch immediately.
The direction came after a report from Inspector General of Police (IGP), Crime Branch Syed Ifahadul Mujtaba stated that School Education Authorities were not cooperating with the investigation.
On previous hearing, court had directed IGP, Crime Branch to apprise the court about of status of investigation in the Scam. The court had observed that the scam surfaced in 2011 and so far the investigation has not been completed.
Hearing the PIL with regard to irregularities and embezzlement in ETT colleges across the state, the Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe remarked that non-cooperation of Education authorities with investigation suggests involvement of department officials in the scam which has culminated into an FIR 36/2013.
The court directed the Director School Education to place all record pertaining to the case before the investigating agency as also the details of officials against whom FIR is registered.
The court said if submissions made by IGP are correct, it is left open to Crime Branch to take action against those who are not cooperating.
The investigation in the scam was carried out by Crime Branch Kashmir as well as by Crime Branch Jammu in connection with two FIRs registered at CB Jammu and at CB Kashmir. The court is monitoring the investigation in which many bunglings and irregularities in ETT colleges throughout the state have come to fore.
In one of the reports, it is alleged that the candidates were lured and, amounts ranging from Rs 45,000 to Rs 80,000 were extracted from each of them through touts for providing them degrees and certificates by ETT colleges.