Srinagar: Sleuths of Crime Branch Kashmir arrested an accused from West Bengal in connection with a case regarding fake application forms on National Scholarship Portal for Merit Cum Means Scholarship under Minority Quota for J&K students in 2018-19, officials said on Wednesday.
“A team of Crime Branch Kashmir headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police proceeded to West Bengal and arrested one accused person namely Selim Sekh son of Giyasuddin Miya of village Tinsatabighi Berabad, Malda, West Bengal in connection with the case FIR No. 04/2020 U/S 420, 468, 120-B-RPC, 66 (D) IT Act, 5(2) PC Act of Crime Branch Kashmir,” officials of the Crime Branch said.
“The accused in criminal conspiracy with the other accused persons uploaded fake application forms on National Scholarship Portal for Merit Cum Means Scholarship under Minority Quota for J&K students during the year 2018-19 for district Kulgam,” they said, adding, “Subsequently, fake verifications were conducted from the institutes which did not exist in the states mentioned in the application forms.”
The accused in connivance with other accused persons have shown the fake beneficiaries to be the residents of district Kulgam and got deceitfully verified by the district social welfare officer Kulgam and managed to transfer the amount of RS. 1.34 crores from the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India into the Bank accounts of 463 fake beneficiaries of District Malda, West Bengal maintained in various branches of State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, United Bank of India (Now PNB), Allahabad Bank, IDFC Bank and Bangiya Vikas Gramin Bank.
“The arrested accused is being questioned for further investigation,” the official added.