Thursday, May 15, 2014

ACB appeals to students to file graft complaints

Move After Khalsa College Bribery Case

Mumbai: Following the arrest of Ajit Singh Teti, principal of Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Matunga, and his personal assistant Nikita Vaid for accepting bribe for a Class XII admission last week, the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has appealed to students to approach them with a complaint if anybody demands bribe.
Vishwas Nangre Patil, additional CP, ACB, said since the admission season is on, agents and middlemen could be active.
“Agents look for ways to cheat students and their parents during new admissions. We appeal to students to approach us if someone demands money other than the admission fee. We have started collecting intelligence inputs about such agents and will take stern ac tion against them,“ said Patil.
Last week, the ACB had arrested Teti and had arrested Teti and Vaid for accepting Rs 25,000 bribe for a Class XII admission. The alleged racket was brought to light by sales tax inspector Vasant Utikar, who was trying to get his daughter admitted to the college. He said when he approached Vaid for admission under the management quota, she demanded Rs 50,000 and said no receipt would be given. After bargaining, the sum was brought down to Rs 30,000.
ACB officials said most of the time in big institutions, the management is not even aware of such malpractices by middlemen/agents. The ACB is taking help from an NGO, Center for Ethics and Education, in tackling corruption in colleges. “In some cases, we have heard that the management itself appoints agents to deal with the candidate and collect money . Our intelligence wing is working on some leads,“ said an ACB official.
Students from across the country come to Mumbai for admission to reputed colleges. “Sometimes, they are contacted by agents who mislead them,“ the official said. What if a student complains and is harassed by college staff ? “The parents may become complainants in such cases. The ACB acts promptly .
It's a matter of a day to arrest a corrupt official,“ he added.

May 15, 2014, The Times of India

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