Patna: In a reversal of fortune, senior Congress leader and the head of the party's Intellectual Cell Anil Sulabh was arrested in Patna on Thursday on charges of fraud involving the Indian Institute of Health Education and Research Center.
Sulabh, who happens to be the director of the institute, was taken into police custody after authorities found the institute was still enrolling new students despite it not having any affiliation with any university in Bihar or elsewhere.
Talking to the reporters, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said that the Congress leader was arrested after hundreds of students filed complaint against him and the Center for 'playing with their future' knowing full well that the diploma from the institute was not recognized anywhere or by anyone. They also complained that neither the classes were held regularly nor the examinations leaving the students in lurch about their future.
Sulabh's son was also taken into custody and a case of fraud was filed against his wife who, along with a few others, is a member of the trust.
Denying any wrongdoing, Sulabh tried to put the blame on Magadh University and the Governor's office saying that the institute is indeed affiliated by Magadh University but due to new rules set by the Governor's office, the syllabus and exam terms must be cleared by the Raj Bhawan.
"It was the responsibility of the Magadh University to send paperwork to the Governor's office. However, it failed to do so leading to delay in exams," he said.
Meanwhile, Congress in Bihar threw Sulabh under the bus saying he was not the President of the party's 'Intellectual Cell' but instead, was the member of the Congress Idea unit.
"He was removed from his post on December 8, 2015 by party state President Ashok Kumar Chowdhary," Congress spokesperson H K Verma told the reporters.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS