CBI raids former minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, FIR charges with criminal conspiracy

Shillong, April 27: The CBI on Friday conducted searches at the residence of former education minister Ampareen Lyngdoh after registering a case in the alleged teachers’ recruitment scam.

Ampareen also a current member of the Meghalaya assembly from the East Shillong constituency has been accused in manipulation of score sheets in the recruitment of assistant teachers in primary schools in 2008-2009.

Sources informed that apart from Ampareen’s residence raid, the agency searched four other locations, including the office of Directorate of School Education and Literacy.

Ampareen was education minister between 2008 – 2009 in the Congress led government.

In January this year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered an FIR against Ampareen and Additional Chief Secretary P.S. Thangkhiew in the alleged teachers’ recruitment scam.

Thangkhiew, a 1984-batch IAS officer, was then Principal Secretary, Education and current Additional Chief Secretary, Home.

The investigating agency registered the FIR under charges of criminal conspiracy, forgery, criminal breach of trust against the former minister.

The agency had also made the directorate of elementary and mass education and unidentified persons accused in the FIR.

The high court on November 2 last year ordered the CBI to take over the investigation registered by Meghalaya Police relating to alleged mass manipulation, tampering score sheets and interference in the selection of assistant teachers in lower primary schools in 2008-09.

It is alleged that Lyngdoh instructed J.D. Sangma, who was then Director, Elementary and Mass Education, and two of her supporters to tamper and forge the score sheets by applying white fluid to increase or decrease marks of the candidates.

The complainant alleged Lyngdoh, in collusion and connivance with other members of the assembly, carried out large scale manipulation in the selection process for the appointment of assistant teachers.

With inputs from IANS

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