Meghalaya HC orders CBI inquiry into education scam

November 3, 2017

The Meghalaya High Court directed the CBI to investigate an education scam involving several politicians in the state in teachers’ appointment in 2010. The bench of Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Prakash Vaish, on Thursday, asked CBI to complete the probe within six months.

In 2010, around 355 assistant teachers were appointed in government lower primary schools. There were allegations of political interference, nepotism and tampering of marks in the appointment process of the teachers. The CBI in 2012 during its investigation had indicted at least 15 ministers, MLAs and other political leader of recommending for appointment of teachers in which marks on the score sheets was “tampered” at the “behest” of the political representatives.

The HC slammed the government-appointed high level scrutiny committee looking into the case, whose exercise was found “farcical” and “a cover-up” aimed at shielding those who had polluted the system and who ought to have been sternly dealt with.

The high court has also scrapped the selection made in the controversial five centres due to the interference of the political representatives including the then education minister, the Speaker and several other legislators and members of top government bodies.

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