Man Claims Funds For J&K Students Fraudulently, Arrested

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Srinagar: The Crime Branch of police on Wednesday arrested a man from West Bengal for allegedly siphoning off an amount of Rs. 1.34 crores from the Ministry of Minority Affairs by submitting fake application forms under minority quota for J&K students in 2018-19.

Selim Shekh, son of Giyasuddin Miya of Tinsatabighi Berabad village in, Malda, West Bengal was arrested by a team of Crime Branch headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police in connection with the case FIR No. 04/2020 U/S 420, 468, 120-B-RPC, 66 (D) IT Act, 5(2) PC Act of Crime Branch Kashmir, officials said Wednesday.

The accused, according to the officials, had hatched a criminal conspiracy with his aides and uploaded fake application forms on National Scholarship Portal for Merit Cum Means Scholarship under Minority Quota for J&K students during the year 2018-19 for district Kulgam.

“Subsequently, fake verifications were conducted from the institutes which did not exist in the states mentioned in the application forms,” the officials said.

The accused, they said, in connivance with others have shown the fake beneficiaries to be the residents of district Kulgam and got deceitfully verified by the district social welfare officer Kulgam and managed to transfer the amount of RS. 1.34 crores from the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India into the Bank accounts of 463 fake beneficiaries of District Malda, West Bengal maintained in various branches of State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, United Bank of India (Now PNB), Allahabad Bank, IDFC Bank and Bangiya Vikas Gramin Bank.

“The accused is being questioned for further investigation,” the officials said.

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