A day after HT exposed a scam of Rs 72 lakh in Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Shankar village, that was unearthed in an education department inquiry in October last year, the district education officer (DEO) has recommended a criminal case against the accused.
Following education minister Daljit Singh Cheema’s orders on Wednesday, the DEO wrote a letter to the senior superintendent of police (SSP rural) to take action against school clerk Jatinder Kumar, who has been named in the inquiry report.
“I received a call from the education minister to look into the matter and lodge an FIR against the accused so I have written to the police in this regard,” said DEO Harinder Pal Singh.
The embezzlement of Rs 72 lakh, in which Kumar drew salaries of school teachers no longer on rolls and transferred to his private bank account, was first revealed in an education department committee investigation. The role of treasury officials at Nakodar is suspected as Kumar could not have done the deed single-handedly.
A report was submitted to the education secretary in December last year but no action was taken.
Kumar was appointed in the school in gross violation of norms despite the fact that a government designated clerk was already working there.
According to rules, no person other than a specially designated government clerk can be given username and password for uploading salary bills of employees online.
Even the records from 2011 to 2012 have also been deliberately misplaced and the inquiry report suggests that there is more to it than meets the eye and the fraud could turn out to be even bigger.