Himachal vigilance bureau arrests four NCTE inspectors on corruption charges in Kangra : The Tribune India

Tribune News Service

Lalit Mohan
Dharamsala, January 15

Four inspectors from the National Council of Teacher Education have been arrested on corruption charges after a raid at their hotel in Kangra’s Gaggal, officials said on Saturday.

Officials from the state vigilance department and anti-corruption bureau said two of the four suspects were arrested after a raid at their hotel in Gaggal.

Police identified the suspects as Sanjeev from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh and Kavya Dubey from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. The team that raided her hotel found 11.5 lakh in cash, which investigators suspect was bribes collected from colleges.

Two others – identified as Seema Sharma, from Meerut, also from Uttar Pradesh, and Mahesh Prashad Jain, from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh – were caught taking a Rs 2 lakh bribe from the Regional College of Education in Indora, officials said.

Official sources said vigilance teams were also conducting similar raids on parts of the other regions. This is happening as NCTE’s teams are on rounds of inspections at B.Ed colleges in Kangra.

The NCTE is the apex body conferring B.Ed and M.Ed affiliation. colleges across the country. An inspection team usually consists of assistant and associate professors from B.Ed or Normal Schools. A B.Ed college’s affiliation is only renewed after inspectors give the all-clear.

Balbir Thakur, Superintendent of Police, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, Dharamsala, said his team had been alerted that the four suspects were in the district, may have accepted bribes from owners of B.Ed colleges and nearby hotels stayed.

Sanjeev and Kavya Dubey, the two suspects arrested in Gaggal, were scheduled to fly out of Dharamsala later in the afternoon, Thakur said.

All four suspects have been charged under the Anti-Corruption Act, he said.

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