It has come to light that the management of a private educational group here has been 'siphoning off' government funds meant for teachers' salaries for the past three years.
The Manohar Memorial Group of Educational Institutions, set up five decades back, had made fake appointments of 16 teachers in 2009-10. The money received from the Haryana government and discretionary quota of MPs and ministers for teachers' salaries allegedly ended up in the pockets of those at the helm of educational group's affairs. Recently, the group received funds from Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar, Rajya Sabha member Shadi Lal Batra and chief parliamentary secretary Prahlad Singh Gillankhera.
Sources said there was more to the financial bungling than meets the eye. Some of the 'well-connected' candidates were appointed at the cost meritorious ones, sources said.
The lid was taken off the irregularities by Manohar Memorial College of Education ex-principal Subhash Sharma, who resigned from the post three months back citing differences with the management over the alleged irregularities.
Sharma exposed the scandal in his 40-page reply (a copy of which is with HT) to a letter written to him by Sudharsan Singh Malhotra, administrative officer of the college. In the letter, Sharma has listed the names and addresses of 16 fake teachers, who were purported to have been appointed in the college and their salaries were shown to have been paid.
The letter refers to a former woman teacher, who was appointed for a monthly salary of Rs 22,440 and was made to return Rs 10,440 out to the management.
Manohar Memorial Group of Educational Institutions general secretary Vinod Mehta told Hindustan Times, "The appointments that Subhash Sharma is calling fake were made when he was the principal of the Manohar Memorial College of Education. So he is in a better position to explain whether there was any irregularity in appointments."
He said the MM College of Education was among the best institutions in the state and even Sharma used to swear by the name of the educational group.