Sibal secretary’s signature forged to expedite grants to a UP school

Create: 03/02/2012 - 10:32

The signature of Union Minister for HRD Kapil Sibal’s
Personal Secretary Uma Shankar has been forged to expedite grants for a school
in Uttar Pradesh. The matter was reported to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW)
by the Joint Secretary.

The investigations were ordered after the JS and Chief
Vigilance Officer (CVO) Amit Khare approached the EOW stating that the Ministry
has come across “two letters purportedly signed by the undersigned (Uma
Shankar) and bearing the heading of the Ministry of HRD. The signatures of the
letter are forged”.

Amit Khare said, “We realised the signatures were forged,
since no letter of this sort had been issued by the Ministry. Moreover, the
letterhead, too, is not that of the Ministry, which is why it raised our
suspicions.”

The complaint registered reads, “The letter reached the
Ministry on January 18 stating, ‘Budget of Nav Jagran Junior High School, Pipar
Kunli, Manjhanpur, Kaushambi, UP. I am in receipt of the request of school
mentioned above where they have applied for respective grants/ budgets under
your office and it is also meant that required verification process has been
completed by the DM Kaushambi and forwarded to your office. Please look into
the matter and expedite this at the earliest. Yours sincerely, Uma Shankar.”

The probe is still going on to find out if the signatures
were forged. Khare further said in his complaint, “Similar complaints were
earlier received from the office of the Minister of State for HRD...based on
which a case has been registered with the Crime Branch and the matter is
currently being probed”.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Economics Offences Wing) KK
Vyas said, “A case under Section 468/471 (forgery for the purpose of cheating)
of the IPC has been registered. Further investigations are underway.”

Earlier, Minister of State for Human Resources Development D
Purandeswari were allegedly misused for release of grants.

[Source: Indian Express]

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