Vigilance to examine four lakh students in post-matric scholarship scam
CHANDIGARH: The investigation into the post-matric scholarship scam could take up to two years as the Haryana state vigilance bureau (VB) will have to examine four lakh students who benefitted from the scheme, according to a source in the force.
The source in the bureau informed that Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonipat had been the major centres of the scam. Apart from NGOs and individuals, some coaching centres and their owners have also been found to be involved in the scam. “The Yamunanangar module was just a small gang. They have claimed scholarships for a lesser number, so far as their involvement of fake students is concerned. The real picture will be revealed after the arrest of accused identified in Rothak, Jhajjar and Sonipat districts. As of now, our teams are on the job,” an officer of the bureau said.
The officer justified the likely delay in investigation. “First, the team identifies beneficiaries. It then tries to reach out to them. If found genuine, the beneficiaries’ statements are recorded. Otherwise, investigation will move towards forgery of documents.
This is why it could take time,” the official said.
Last year, after a tip-off from the then director general of the state department for the welfare of scheduled castes and backward classes, the vigilance bureau had started the investigation into the scam.
During preliminary probe, the vigilance bureau found out that NGOs, private institutions and officers and staff of the department were involved in the scam. Later, the bureau registered four cases at its police stations in Panchkuka, Hisar, Rohtak and Ambala.
So far, the bureau has arrested five persons, who include SC/ST welfare department former deputy director Rajinder Sangwan and staffer Surender Kumar. Other three accused include Yamuanangar residents Gurdev Kaur and her daughter Ritik Kaur, and Rahul Kumar of Rohtak.
The vigilance bureau claims to have detected a scam of about Rs 45 crore so far in Panchkula, Rohtak and Hisar.