Crime Branch Files Charges In Scholarship Scam

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Srinagar: The Crime Branch on Saturday produced preliminary charge sheet against a West Bengal resident who was arrested in connection with the whopping Rs 1.34 crore scholarship scam.

The charge sheet was produced before the Anti-corruption Court Srinagar against Selem Sheik of Malda, West Bengal, who is in custody of the Crime Branch since his arrest in January last month, an official said. The accused, he said, is involved in uploading 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. A case (FIR No. 04/2020) U/S 420, 468,120-B, 201 RPC and 66 (D) IT Act stands registered against him, he said.

According to the official, the accused 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.

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