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Rs. 700 Crores Paid Fraudulently To Non-Teaching Staff At 6 Universities, Maharashtra Tells Bombay HC

Lawstreet Journal 9 Feb 2020 4:32am

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On 6 February, 2020, “Non-teaching staff at six universities in Maharashtra reportedly paid more than Rs. 700 crore fraudulently”, the State Government told the High Court of Bombay.

Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni told the bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and RI Chagla that the universities raised the pay scale of several non-teaching posts after fraudulently obtaining approvals around 2014.

“What we have discovered is a fraud on the state exchequer. This has happened in the case of six universities,” Kumbhakoni said.

According to the affidavit, in 2014, the State Government decided to introduce a new staffing pattern, after which six universities sent proposals to the departmental official to change the nomenclature of a number of non-teaching posts. The officer received approvals from the authorities as there was no additional financial burden.

Advocate General told the court that not only did these universities change the names of the posts but they also raised their pay scales. There has been no change in the staff's duty though. The most important thing is that the Department of Finance did not get permission for this. Kumbhakoni said lakhs of rupees were being paid as bonuses to some selected workers along with rising the pay scale. In this way, this total amount of more than 700 crores was spent.

“What we have discovered is a fraud on the state exchequer,” he said. “The total excess amount paid is over Rs 700 crore.” 

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