Himachal High Court hands fake degree case investigation to CBI

Shimla: Intervening in an investigation of a fake degree case being carried out by HP anti-corruption and vigilance bureau, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday passed orders to hand over the case investigation to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) within a fortnight.

First bench of the court consisting of Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice DS Chaudhary not only asked country’s premier investigating agency to take charge of the investigation but also directed the SP CBI to take appropriate action in accordance with law within three months.

The court passed these orders on a petition filed by one VP Ahluwalia, who had brought to the notice of the court as case where alleged fake degrees had been used to obtain government jobs.

The petitioner had pointed out that one Rajesh Thakur, who is a director with Thakur College of Education, Dhaliara, had allegedly used fake documents to obtain recognition for educational courses from the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE).

Ahluwalia had also petitioned that despite having lodged complaints with HP University and NCTE, no act was being taken. Thakur and his siblings are also alleged to have used fake degrees for getting government jobs.

On basis of Ahluwalia’s complaint, CBI has already registered a case against one Ajit Singh Rana, the then Regional Director of the NCTE, Jaipur who is alleged to have abused his official position in granting recognition to Thakur College of Education for increasing its B.Ed admissions by 100 seats and M.Ed admissions by 25 seats for the academic year 2007-08.

The complainant had pointed out that granting such recognition was a gross violation of the NCTE guidelines and norms.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

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