NPS schools committed the same forgery to avoid allotting RTE quota seats.
Bengaluru: To ensure that the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) does not allot any disadvantaged students under the Right to Education (RTE) quota, the city-based NPS school management produced fake documents, claiming minority status, not once, but twice!
The Director of Public Instruction (Minority Education), Johar Jabeen, in her report to the CM’s Office has confirmed that the school submitted fake certificates twice to escape from the ambit of 25% RTE quota.
She submitted the report following a series of articles published by DC on the scandal. The CMO has instructed the director to provide a reply to the DC reports.
Highlights of the report
As per the two page report which was sent to DC, it was in the year 2015-16, when the DPI first traced the fake certificates provided by the NPS. Two NPS schools i.e. NPS, Rajajinagar and NPS, Basaveshwarnagar had come up with the forged documents to get leeway from the RTE ambit. But the DPI, who discovered the forgery, directed the schools to admit students. But again in 2016-17, six NPS schools committed the same forgery to avoid allotting RTE quota seats.
Case in New Delhi
In her report, Director of Public Instruction (Minority Education) informed that the National Commission for Minority Education Institutions (NCMEI) had already filed a case against NPS schools in Parliament Street Police station in New Delhi over the same allegations. In her report, the DPI concluded that prima facie, it has been proved that NPS cheated the state government and the DPI by producing fake documents to get a relaxation from RTE quota.
Meanwhile, the CMO has informed us that the DPI has written letters to the CBSE Chairman seeking the withdrawal of affiliation to NPS.
20 days, no FIR
Meanwhile, the city police are yet to register an FIR against NPS schools over the issue, even though DDPIs of Bengaluru South and North academic districts have lodged complaints.
According to sources, the DPI commissioner issued directions to the DDPIs of Bengaluru South, Bengaluru North and Mysuru academic districts to file FIRs on August 2. Though the Myuru police registered a case on August 8, the city police are yet to initiate any action.
Reliable sources say that DDPI officials recently met the city police top brass, who declined to register a case. "Both DDPIs were directed to hand over their complaints to the postal section of the city police commissioner's office," said sources in the State Education Department.
According to sources, two ministers of the present government and another ex-minister are against the filing of any FIRs against the NPS.
"The police are using delaying tactics in the name of taking legal opinions. No FIR will be registered, as there is mounting pressure on the police force, so a big drama is being played out now," sources said.