Admissions for schools and colleges in the state will begin next month. This year, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has worked out a plan to corner the corrupt. The ACB officials have decided to keep an eye on prominent schools and colleges, especially in cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Nashik, which take money without giving receipts to admit students.
Last week, the ACB arrested the principal of Khalsa College, Ajit Singh Amar Singh Tethi, along with his personal assistant Nikita Vaid, in Matunga, for accepting a bribe of R25,000 from the family of a student who had sought admission in the college. “It is our duty to nab those at fault. We appeal to everyone that anyone who takes bribe, whether agents, directors, committee members, teachers or principals should be reported on the ACB helpline number 1800222021,” said Pravin Dixit, Director General of police, ACB.
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Cops to take students’ help
However, the ACB officials are concerned about students who come from well-off families who can afford to pay for their admission, as they would never report the crime. Thus, to keep a check, the ACB officials will approach everyone who comes out of the premises and ask them to cite their purpose of visit.
An ACB official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “We will target students, who cannot afford to pay to secure a seat, and take them into confidence. With their help, we will ask them to adhere to the demands of the bribe takers and make them agree to pay the first installment. Meanwhile, we will set a trap to arrest them red-handed.”
Illegal agents, who offer seats for an amount, are often spotted outside prominent schools and colleges. According to the official, “They promise admission to the students at a certain cost. They deduct their commission and pass the rest to the school/college authorities. Influential political party members own most of the institutions and hence, it makes the process of bribery easy. Our aim is to reduce this corruption.”