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FIR against BYJU's owner for wrong information on UPSE curriculum

FIR against BYJU’s owner for wrong information on UPSC curriculum

August 5, 2021

A firm named Crimeophobia alleged that BYJU’s, in its UPSC curriculum, mentioned that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is a nodal agency for the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

Mumbai police have registered an FIR against the owner of BYJU’s, a leading education technology firm, for allegedly putting misleading information in its UPSC curriculum, an official said on Wednesday.

Based on the complaint filed by a firm named Crimeophobia, the Aarey Colony police have booked BYJU’s owner Raveendran under IPC sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and section 69 (A) of the Information Technology Act.

The case was registered on July 30, he said. In the complaint, Crimeophobia alleged that the ed-tech company, in its UPSC curriculum, mentioned that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is a nodal agency for the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).

However, the complainant said that the CBI had given it in writing that it was not the nodal agency for the UNTOC, the police official said.

Crimeophobia founder Snehil Dhall said, “I came across misquoting about UNTOC (India) implementation details in May on BYJU’s UPSC curriculum, after which I approached them through an e-mail, asking them to make necessary changes. In their reply, they sent me a letter from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) about the CBI being the nodal agency.

However, it was dated 2012, hence I found it unsatisfactory and approached the police.” Dhall said that in 2016, the CBI had given in writing that it was not the nodal agency for implementation of UNTOC, after which he had filed a criminal writ petition in the Supreme Court against the Union of India and 45 ministries for not implementing the UNTOC in the country.

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