A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha in Bombay High Court directed the Sikshan Shulka Samiti to probe into allegations of inflated expenditure in the balance sheet of Bhujbal Knowledge City, Nashik campus of Mumbai Education Trust (MET), co-founded by Maharashtra PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal. HC also ordered to complete its inquiry into the alleged fraud within two months.
On Friday, High Court passed this order in a PIL (public interestlitigation) filed by social activist Balasaheb Jambhulkar alleging that the institute showed inflated expenditure on students.
Anil Anturkar, Jambhulkar’s counsel had argued that the institute had defrauded students and government into paying excess fees to the tune of Rs eight crore in just two years since 2010.
The petitioner had in December 2013 written a letter to the police alleging that there is misuse of trust funds. In his complaint, its alleged that the institutes at the Nashik campus have been showing inflated expenditures on technology development fund and student activity funds since academic year 2009-10 to the tune of Rs 7.88 crore.
MET had denied the allegations saying that the petition does not raise a general grievance but is only against one institute (Bhujbal Knowledge City).
However, one of the co-founders of MET also supporting the petition and had alleged that Bhujbal and his family had isappropriated funds of the institute.