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Apprise about rules regulating ETT colleges: HC to govt

The High Court on Wednesday directed the government to inform it about the rules it has framed for regulating the activities of elementary teachers training (ETT) colleges in Jammu and Kashmir.

A division bench of acting chief Justice Alok Aradhe and justice DS Thakur asked senior additional advocate general, BA Dar to file the latest status report indicating the rules regulating the activities of these institutions.

The direction followed after Dar sought one week time to file the report attesting the said rules.

Earlier the Court had directed the government to apprise it about the modifications that a panel headed by the director school education had recommended to incorporate in the education department rules 2010 notified through SRO 123 on March-18, 2010.

On behalf of the petitioner, Advocate Arshad Andrabi submitted that the modifications have not been carried out properly and he will file response to the report. He also requested the court that the special investigating team of the crime branch of the police should be directed to expedite the probe into multi-crore scam related to the ETT colleges admissions.

The court was hearing a PIL by Parents Coordination Committee seeking probe into multi-crore scam related to the irregularities in admissions to ETT colleges in the state.

The enquiry conducted by the BOSE has revealed that admission to ETT colleges in Jammu and Kashmir was a huge scandal where crores of rupees were given and taken as bribe.

After the scam surfaced, the crime branch had registered two cases (FIR No. 27/2013, P/S Crime Branch, Kashmir and FIR: 36/2013, Crime Branch, Jammu) under 5(2) of Prevention of corruption Act) as well as RPC sections of 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery), 471 (counterfeit seal).

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