Maharashtra Education Society Cheated Students Of 65 Crores: Probe Agency
Maharashtra: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has alleged in its charge-sheet in the case that the former working president of the Kolhapur-based Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Education Society (SCSES) and other accused had collected more than 65 crore rupees from medical aspirants for admission in a college run by the trust.
According to the investigation agency’s current charge sheet in the money laundering case, the defendants used the money collected from 350 medical aspirants to buy homes or for personal use.
The ED claims that the SCSES collected the money despite knowing that it lacked the authorization from the Medical Council of India or the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences to admit students to the MBBS programme.
Mahadev Deshmukh, the previous working president of the trust, and his brother Appashaheb, the then-secretary, have both been detained as part of an investigation by the ED into the SCSES’s deception of medical aspirants.
The Deshmukh brothers are presently being held by authorities.
Before a special PMLA court, the investigation agency filed its charge sheet against Mahadev and three former officer bearers.
According to the charge sheet, Mahadev Deshmukh defrauded 350 trusting students between 2011 and 2016 and amassed around 65.70 crore through the pretence of granting admission for MBBS courses at the Institute of Medical Science and Research (IMSR), a college run by the SCSES.
Despite knowing that the organisation lacked approval from the Medical Council of India and the Maharastra University of Health Science, the accused allegedly promised the students admission.
It claimed that neither entry nor a refund of their money was offered to the pupils.
According to the report, the money was allegedly collected in cash, declared as hospital income, and deposited into seven different bank accounts belonging to the organisation and colleges.
The ED has further asserted that the funds were added to and either integrated into the individual bank accounts of the accused individuals or withdrew in cash by them under the guise of salary, processing fees, construction payments, purchases of medical equipment, etc.
According to the report, the proceeds of crime were used to buy both moveable and immovable property or for personal use.
Arun Gore, the current director of the SCSES, said in his response to the ED that several students had approached the new board with their complaints after he took over as the charity educational trust’s director.
According to Gore’s statement, it was discovered that the previous board of directors in Mumbai, Maharashtra had accepted money from about 750 students while giving them false assurances of admission.
He has provided a list of those students and information about the cash sum that was collected from 720 students in accordance with the charge-sheet.
The director has additionally claimed that the prior board of directors provided checks in the names of the disgruntled students when they approached them. The pupils filed a complaint under section 420 (cheating) of the IPC and the Negotiable Instruments Act after those checks bounced.
Maruti Shankar Shitole and Kiran Dhumal, the administrative officer and senior clerk at the time, accepted monetary deposits from the pupils. Gore claimed in his statement that the pair used to give the collected money to the Deshmukh brothers and the then-secretary Mohammad Shad Siddiqui.