Himachal Pradesh CBI starts probe into 250 cr scholarship fund fraud

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI is conducting searches at 22 educational institutes in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh in connection with the Rs 250 crore Himachal Pradesh school scholarship fraud case, officials here said on Monday.CBI officials said the searches are being conducted “wherein disbursement of the alleged scholarships was obtained by private educational institutions from the Government of Himachal Pradesh”. The Central Bureau of Investigation took over the case recently on request from the state government in Himachal Pradesh for the probe agency to look into irregularities in disbursement of the scholarship funds. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIt was found that the scholarship fund, which was sponsored by the centre and state for SC/ST/OBC and Minority Community students for pre and post-matriculation education, was not reaching the students. The searches are being conducted in places like Karnal, Haryana; Mohali and Gurdaspur in Punjab; and Shimla, Bilaspur, and Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. When the state police were investigating the case, local reports had highlighted the possibility of Education Department officials in the state being involved in the fraud. However, the CBI’s case does not name anyone specifically as of now. An official said this is because they have taken over the case registered by the state police and in it, there is no named accused.last_img

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