Maharashtra: Case against school headmistress, woman clerk for alleged misappropriation of funds

PTIUpdated: Friday, May 27, 2022, 10:38 AM IST
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Thane: An official said on Friday that a case has been registered against the headmistress of Thane Police School here and its woman clerk for allegedly misappropriating funds worth over Rs 20 lakh.

The offense was registered against the school's headmistress Smita Rajalakshmi Nair and junior clerk Neelam Milind Kamble, Thane Nagar police station's official said.

The duo was booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 409 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), and 467, 468, 471, 475 (all pertaining to forgery). The duo is accused of misappropriating funds to the tune of Rs 20,53,621, he said.

The school is owned by the Thane police commissioner and is operated by a private trust, the complaint said, adding that the fraud had taken place between 2008 and 2021.

The accused misappropriated funds meant for preparing ID cards for students, for extra classes payment to teachers, registration fees for Class 12 students, fees for invigilators of the board exams, and scholarships for students, among other things, the complaint said.

An audit of the school accounts revealed that the duo had committed the fraud, after which the complaint was filed against them by the school trust, police said.

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