Crime branch Kashmir arrests West Bengal resident in fraudulent scholarships case

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Crime Branch Kashmir has arrested West Bengal resident 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 academic year 2018-19, officials said on Wednesday.

The accused, Selim Sekh son of Giyasuddin Miya of village Tinsatabighi Berabad, Malda, West Bengal was held by a team of Crime Branch Kashmir headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police from his residence 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 told GNS. 

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, that fake verifications were conducted from the institutes which did not exist in the states mentioned in the application forms.

As per CBK officials, the accused in connivance with other accused persons have shown the fake beneficiaries to be the residents of district Kulgam and deceitfully got them verified by the district social welfare officer Kulgam.

The accused then managed to transfer the amount of Rs 1.34 crore 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, officials said.

The arrested accused is being questioned for further investigation, the official added.