21 forged signatures found in school
Express News Service
First Published : 19 Aug 2010 03:27:26 AM IST
Last Updated : 19 Aug 2010 09:01:11 AM IST
CHENNAI: In a perfect case of misappropriation of funds, the Danish
Mission Higher Secondary School authorities have forged the signatures
of over 21 parents in the ledger and have swindled the scholarship
money allocated by the government to Dalit students.
A special team, consisting officials from Adi Dravidar Welfare
department, unearthed this fraud after an inspection of the school
here on Wednesday.
The raid was prompted after an Express report exposed the
misappropriation of post-matric scholarship allocated to Dalit
students — 'Teachers, officials deprive Dalits of scholarship'.
"A surprise check conducted by officials in the rank of joint director
of Adi Dravidar Welfare department from Chennai and local officials at
the school brought to light that 21 signatures have been forged by
teachers on the scholarship ledger," said official sources.
Herber Dhana Sundaram, a teacher at the school had forged the
signature of Siva, father of Perumal, who was studying at the school,
and had misappropriated the money. When inquired the whereabouts of
Herber, headmaster Deivaneethi told them that he had left for a
science exhibition at Chennai.
But when, officials found Herber's signature in the attendance
register next to Wednesday's date, they ordered the headmaster to ask
Herber to report to the joint director's office of the Adi Dravidar
Welfare department in Chennai, said sources.
In addition to this, officials found that the clerk Kanagaraj had also
signed on the scholarship ledger.
When questioned, Kanagaraj told that teachers had asked him to do so
and he was not aware of the misappropriation of funds. Officials got a
statement from him and other teachers, who were suspected to be
involved in the fraud.
The special team would continue its inspection in other schools also,
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