CBI registers case against AICTE officials, institutes

Last Updated: Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 00:51

New Delhi: AICTE officials had ignored
deficiencies in Madhira Educational Society of Group of
Institutions and issued letter of approval for continuing with
its courses, the CBI alleged in an FIR lodged in a cheating
case.

The agency registered the case against members of the
appellate committee of technical education regulator AICTE and
M Brahma Reddy, head of the Andhra Pradesh-based institute.
In the FIR, the CBI alleged members of the expert
committee of AICTE, New Delhi inspected the proposed
integrated campus of the society consisting of Engineering,
MBA, MCA and Pharmacy in June, 2009 and pointed out certain
deficiencies.

"At the request of the said Educational Society, the
Expert Committee has again visited the campus in July, 2009
and pointed out four deficiencies. In spite of these
deficiencies, the Appellate Committee of AICTE decided to
issue Letter of Approval (LoA), after obtaining an affidavit
from the Head of Educational Society on August 18," an
official spokesperson said here.

In another case of Gurukul Group of Institutions, the
CBI alleged that Letter of approval was issued by the AICTE, a
day before getting necessary affidavit.

The CBI alleged the Expert Committee had again visited
the Nalgonda campus in July, 2009 and pointed out five
deficiencies but, in spite of these deficiencies, the AICTE
Appellate Committee decided to issue LoA after obtaining an
affidavit from the Head of the Educational Society.

"Though the affidavit was filed on August 19, the LoA
was issued on August 18, a day prior to the filling of
affidavit. Thus, the accused persons have committed criminal
conspiracy, cheating and abuse of official position," said the
spokesperson.

The agency has also registered case against a Bhopal
based AICTE official S Singhal, Yashveer Singh, Branch Manager
of Oriental Bank of Commerce`s Thatipur branch in Meena
Rathore Chairperson of Vikrant Educational and Social Welfare
Society and R S Rathore, CEO of Vikrant Educational and Social
Welfare Society both based in Gwalior.

"Regional Officer, AICTE, Bhopal abused his official
position and entered into criminal conspiracy with Branch
Manager, Oriental Bank of Commerce; Chairperson and CEO, both
of Gwalior based Educational and Social Welfare Society and
other unknown persons to cheat AICTE.

"This was done by way of giving the clean chit to
Educational and Social Welfare Society despite the fact that
the said land and college building were mortgaged with the
Bank against the loan of Rs. 42.57 lakh and they were aware of
this fact," he said.

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First Published: Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 00:51
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