ETT Scam: HC seeks investigation status from IGP crime

SRINAGAR, Dec 24: The high court has said that the Crime Branch is yet to bring investigations into a multi-crore Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) colleges scam to its logical conclusion.

“The crime branch is yet to do many things in bringing the matter to its logical conclusion,” reads an order passed by a division bench of the high court comprising of Justices M H Attar and A M Magrey.

The court has said that it expects that the investigation in respect of other allegations into the issue will also be concluded at the earliest. “The IGP Crime Branch to file status to file status report before next date of hearing about the steps taken for completion of investigation in respect of other cases as well,” the court has directed.

The court has further asked the commissioner secretary to government education department to file affidavit indicating therein as to what are the proposed modification, which are to be incorporated in the rules of 2010 and which type of administrative orders are required to be passed. “The affidavit be filed before the next date of hearing.”

On October 21, the High Court had given four weeks time to the state government to file status report with regard to investigations into two FIRs registered by police in a multi crore ETT colleges scam.

The court had asked the crime branch of police to file fresh status report with regard to two FIRs registered for offences of corruption (under 5 (2) PC Act) as well as RPC Sections of 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery) and 471 (counterfeit seal).

The investigation pertains to 494 ETT colleges in Jammu and about 70 such institutes in Kashmir. The crime branch was investigating their batch-wise details from 2003 onwards.

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