FIVE TRUSTEES and principals of top private schools in Rajkot were arrested on Thursday after the parents of students complaints that their schools were offering Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) courses despite not being affiliated to the board. Groups of parents had complained to city police commissioner, Anupam Singh Gehlot, alleging that Dholakiya School, Modi School, Saint Mary’s School and Golden Apple School had enrolled students for CBSE courses despite these schools formally not having affiliation to the CBSE.
Based on specific complaints, Gandhigram police booked trustees and principal of Dholakiya School while Malaviyanagar police booked trustee and principal of Saint Mary’s School. Similarly, Taluka police booked principal and trustees of Modi School while A Division police registered offence against trustee and principal of Golden Apple School. All these FIRs were filed late on Wednesday night and the accused were booked for criminal breach of trust and forgery.
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Acting on the complaints, city police arrested Dholakiya School trustee Krishnakant Dholakiya, Modi School trustee Rashmikant Modi and school principal Himanshu Patel and Saint Mary’s School trustee Father Paul and principal Father Wilson early on Thursday. They all were arrested for their alleged offence of criminal breach of trust. “The FIRs have been lodged under Section 406 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The five accused were arrested today morning. Prima facie, we asked them to produce documents establishing affiliation of their schools to CBSE. But they were unable to do so. Later, they all were given bail by police,” assistant commissioner of police (west zone), Harshad Mehta told The Indian Express.
Police said that the accused were also booked for forgery and for producing forged documents as real. “But the arrests were made for interrogation under Section 406 and 420 only. We shall inquire about sections of forgery and later seek arrest warrant from court for further custodial interrogation of the accused,” said a police inspector. Police said that prima facie, there was evidence against the schools. “These schools had issued fee receipts mentioning they were affiliated to the CBSE,” said Mehta.
The matter had first come to light with parents protesting against Dholakiya School when they came to know that the school had been charging fees for CBSE courses despite not having affiliated to that board. Later, similar protests started against the rest of the schools, leading to police complaints.