Published On : Wed, Feb 17th, 2016

HC cancels anticipatory bails of two accused in Gadchiroli scholarship scam

Nagpur: The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday cancelled the anticipatory bails of two accused in the scholarship scam that got exposed in Gadchiroli district. The District and Sessions Court had granted anticipatory bail to the two accused Rakseh Someshwar Peddurwar and Vijay Jayantrao Purewar.

The two accused, Peddurwar and Purewar are Vice President and Secretary respectively of Mul-based Shri Sairam Bahuuddyeshiya Gramin Vikas Sanstha. The Sanstha runs a school named Gadchiroli Vidyabharti. During the 2013-14 academic year, 205 students applied for scholarships. The students were sanctioned Rs 71,57,125 under Central Government’s Scholarship Scheme. However, the Sanstha’s President Rohidas Charandas Bommawar, in connivance with others, submitted bogus scholarship applications. But after finding signature of only one person on all the applications the Adivasi Development Department lodged a complaint with Gadchiroli police against the management of the Sanstha.

The Gadchiroli cops registered an offence in 2014 in the matter. Faced with the imminent arrest in the case, Rakesh Peddurwar and Vijay Purewar filed an application in District and Sessions Court for anticipatory bail. After hearing all the parties, the Additional Sessions Judge P M Dunedar granted the anticipatory bails to the two accused. However, the Gadchiroli cops challenged the anticipatory bails in the High Court. The hearing in the matter was held before Justice Zaka Haq who found prima facie evidence of financial fraud on the part of the two accused and ordered cancellation of the anticipatory bails. The accused were ordered to immediately surrender before the police.

Adv Atul Pande appeared for the applicant while Assistant Government Pleader Sanjay Doiphode represented the State Government.