CIAA files graft case against DEO

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Sunday filed a corruption case against three individuals, including officiating District Education Officer of Sarlahi Hemanta Kumar Singh on charge of misusing state coffers by establishing fake schools.

Others dragged to the court include School Management Committee Chairman Lalita Yadav and head teacher Jaya Narayan Yadav. They are accused of embezzling Rs 1.7 million by producing papers for fake schools.

Acting on complaints filed with it over misuse of million of rupees of the public exchequer, the CIAA has started probe into the education sector in the Terai.

CIAA spokesperson Shreedhr Sapkota said misuse state funds by producing paper projects has been rampant in Siraha, Saptahari, Dhanusha, Mahotari, Bara, Parsa and Rautahat districts. A preliminary investigation by the anti-graft body has found around Rs 1 billion is being misused annually in eight central Tarai districts.

The probe pointed out that fake students and teachers were brought in from neighbouring Indian states during government inspections and that the allocated funds were embezzled in piecemeal.

The investigators also found fake bills that were produced in collusion with stakeholders—teachers, local politicians and education officials. The CIAA is investigating around 200 schools in the first phase where it has mobilised over 30 officials.

Source: eKantipur