Roorkee: College owner held for swindling scholarship funds

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ROORKEE: The special investigation team (SIT) probing the multicrore SC/ST scholarship scam in the state arrested the owner and chairman of a group of colleges in Roorkee for allegedly submitting names and details of as many as 1,100 fake students to swindle scholarship funds to the tune of Rs 14 crore. Om Tyagi, 70, is the chairman of Amrit group of colleges which includes Amrit Law College (ALC), Amrit College of Education (ACE) and Amrit Ayurvedic Medical College (AAMC) at Dhanori in Roorkee. Tyagi has been booked under sections 420 (cheating), 120b (criminal conspiracy) and 409 (criminal breach of trust). Haridwar SP (crime) Manjunath TC, who is heading the SIT, said that it was found that fake SC/ST students were shown in ALC and ACE to swindle scholarship money of Rs 6.3 crore from the social welfare department between 2012 and 2015. “We found that AAMC also received scholarship money of Rs 8.5 crore between 2014 and 2017 for students whose names and details matched with those who availed funds in the other two colleges owned by the group,” he said. Tyagi’s arrest comes just a fortnight after Ankur Sharma, owner of the Institute of Professional Studies at Bedpur in Roorkee was held for allegedly submitting names and details of as many as 2,000 fake students to avail funds worth Rs 6 crore. The SIT found that those whose names were submitted as students were from nearby villages and employed as daily wage workers or rickshaw pullers.


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