The Panchkula police have registered an FIR against Panchkula based ‘Sarv Shiksha Computer Education Abhiyan’ for allegedly duping unemployed people.
The organisation is in the dock for reportedly projecting itself as a government organisation. It has been accused of collecting money from unemployed people of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh by way of application fee to fill up a large number of posts of the organisation.
In July last year, the organisation had reportedly issued advertisements, inviting applications from interested parties for 2,532 posts. Over 11,700 people had applied. The organisation, which claimed to be a government-run body, had promised to hire people, and for it allegedly collected over Rs 45 lakh.
The Haryana government told the high court that it had registered an FIR against ‘Sarv Shiksha Computer Education Abhiyan’ on September 20. The court was informed about this on Friday, during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by Advocate H C Arora.
The plea of the organisation’s counsel to restrain the police from taking its (firm) members into custody, for the reason that it had refunded the entire amount collected from applicants, did not impress the division Bench, comprising Chief Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Mahesh Grover. The Bench refused to interfere in the investigation initiated by the Panchkula police.
Meanwhile, an FIR had been registered against Delhi-based ‘Rashtriya Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan’ for allegedly committing a similar fraud with unemployed people.
Rashtriya Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, through its counsel, handed over a demand draft of Rs 10 lakh to the high court Bench and assured to deposit another Rs 8 lakh, out of the amount allegedly collected by Sikandar Singh, its franchise partner, and sought time to pay the amount. The firm had already deposited Rs 14 lakh at the office of the registrar general of the court on August 23. The money will be refunded to those defrauded.
The court directed the firm to take steps to change its name, within a month. Advocate Arora contended that the organisation had succeeded in collecting a hefty amount as application money, by taking advantage of its name, which resembled the name of a government body.