Himachal

HIMACHAL HIGHCOURT ISSUES NOTICES TO STATE GOVT. OTHERS ON POST MATRIC SCHOLARSHIP CASE

October 19, 2019 05:42 PM

Shimla (Vijyender Sharma)

  The High Court of H.P.  on Saturday issued notice to the State of H.P., Director of Higher Education and CBI, in the matter of illegal disbursement of post matric scholarship and directed the respondents to file status report/response within a period of two weeks.

A Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice L. Narayana Swamy and Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary passed these orders on a writ petition filed by one Shyam Lal of District Bilaspur.

The petitioner has also stated that he is alarmed and concerned with the approach adopted by the CBI, in the investigation of this matter as the same is not investigating all the errant institutions, but it has elected to investigate only 22, out of more than 2772 Institutions that were found to be amiss and were named in the Preliminary Investigation report of Sh.Shakti Bhushan.

The petitioner has alleged in the petition that one Mr.Shakti Bhushan, State Project Officer (SPM NIU Shimla), who was appointed by the State Government and Education Department to inquire into the matter of misappropriation/misapplication of the financial scholarships under Centrally Sponsored Post Matric Scholarships Scheme for students belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Communities, after conducting inquiry, lodged an FIR No.0133 dated 10.11.2018, under the directions of Secretary(Education), to the Govt. of H.P.

The petitioner has further alleged that from the inquiry report it was revealed that the huge sum of scholarship money was misappropriated and apart from the educational institutions within the State, scores of other educational institutions stationed in other States of India, were also involved in this scam. Consequently, the matter was handed over to the CBI for proper and thorough investigation by the State.

The petitioner has also stated that he is alarmed and concerned with the approach adopted by the CBI, in the investigation of this matter as the same is not investigating all the errant institutions, but it has elected to investigate only 22, out of more than 2772 Institutions that were found to be amiss and were named in the Preliminary Investigation report of Sh.Shakti Bhushan.

The petitioner has prayed to direct the State Government to handover complete investigation of all cases and institutions, relating to wrongful and illegal disbursement and misappropriation of Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme to SC, ST and OBC Students under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

The petitioner has further prayed to direct CBI to investigate all institutions named by Sh.Shakti Bhushan and thereafter to bring such investigations(s) to the logical conclusion(s) by filing criminal cases against all the errant institutions named in the list without any exception. The Court posted the matter for 14th November, 2019. to CBI and Director of HP Higher Education

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