Panel meets on CBI findings

Education scam

SHILLONG: Chief Secretary Y Tsering-led committee that examined the CBI report on the anomalies in teachers’ recruitment at 10 centres in 2008-09, held its first meeting on Thursday.
While Tsering is the chairman of the committee, the members are retired official D. Syiem and educationist MPR Lyngdoh, an official source said.
Earlier, the CBI had submitted twin reports, one on the criminal aspect of the education scam involving former education minister and officials after examining five centres and another regarding the anomalies involving 10 other centres.
While the CBI here is still waiting for permission from its headquarters in Delhi to proceed with charge-sheeting the accused in the criminal aspect of the probe, the second CBI probe into 10 centres was submitted to the chief secretary for further action.
According to a government official, the chief secretary sought more comments from the Education Department before taking further steps in regard to the 10 centres.
The CBI on November 14 last year submitted the report to the chief secretary as per the order of the High Court. The court had given three months to the chief secretary-led committee to take action on the findings and the deadline expires on February 14.
The CBI, during the course of investigation, found that several score sheets from the 10 centres were missing.
The High Court had earlier said the committee headed by the chief secretary will examine the CBI report and carry out further inquiry as deemed fit and make final recommendation to the state government.
The court had also observed that if large-scale manipulation or interference of public representative or any other person is found, the committee may recommend scrapping of the whole selection process of that centre too and the state government will act accordingly.
It had said if there were no illegalities and manipulations in any centre or if the extent of irregularities in any particular centre are not of higher magnitude and no case of interference by any public representative or any other person is found, the selection process of such centre may be approved by the committee subject to appropriate orders relating to the tainted candidate, if any, and the state government will act accordingly.

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