The district police have booked headmistress of the Government Elementary School of Ghanda Banna and a teacher for alleged cheating and forging of documents.
Headmistress Archana Dohre had allegedly marked half-day presence of teacher Jagsir Singh Sahota, although he was absent for the whole day. Interestingly, Sahota is state president of the Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) Union while the headmistress is his wife.
Chairman of the zila parishad, Bathinda, Gurpreet Singh Maluka, had conducted a surprise raid of the school on January 16 and had found Sahota absent from duty. But, later going through the attendance register, he found that the headmistress had marked half-day presence of the absentee teacher.
SHO, Phul police station, Manjit Singh, said on the basis of the complaint by zila parishad member Karnail Singh, the police have now booked both Jagsir Singh and the headmistress for cheating and forgery under sections 420, 467 and 468 of the IPC.
Sahota has termed the case a political witch-hunting because he was leading the union of the ETT teachers, who have been fighting for the acceptance of their demands. He alleged that the case has been registered at the behest of political leaders.
He said that the inspection was conducted by the zila parishad chairman on January 16 and the case has been registered after about seven months. He claimed that additional deputy commissioner (development) Sonali Giri, after conducting an inquiry into the case, had pardoned him after issuing a warning.
Meanwhile, a delegation of teachers of different unions, including the Democratic Teachers' Front, SSA and RMSA Teachers Union and ETT Teachers Union met senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar and demanded quashing of the FIR.