Suspended All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) chairman R.A. Yadav may soon also face criminal charges in addition to disciplinary proceedings.
The HRD ministry and the law ministry are set to hold consultations to decide whether Yadav can be charged for abetting the rampant corruption and fraud at the AICTE unearthed by the CBI. No head or former head of any higher education regulator has ever faced criminal charges before.
Both the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act are being examined to assess charges that can be brought against Yadav, government sources have told HT. The move to initiate criminal proceedings against Yadav comes as HRD minister Kapil Sibal has extended Yadav’s suspension by 120 days.
Cleaning up higher education has been one of Sibal’s two big focus areas since he took charge of India’s education last June — educational reforms is the other.
The CBI conducted raids at AICTE offices across the country in July last year, arresting member secretary K. Narayana Rao and searching Yadav’s office and home. Rao was caught red-handed accepting money in exchange for recognition to a private institution. The raids by the CBI were launched after corruption allegations against Yadav and the AICTE under previous HRD minister Arjun Singh.
The CBI launched three cases against Yadav and found him guilty in all three. In June, the CBI and then the Central Vigilance Commission gave sanction for “major disciplinary proceedings” against Yadav. The HRD ministry is finalizing its charge-sheet against Yadav, who faces summary dismissal unless he manages to justify his actions.