Wednesday, June 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Education board chief joins office
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, June 25
The Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, Dr Kehar Singh, joined office here today after coming back from a private trip abroad.

The board chief had gone to Mexico to attend some religious function along with Jathedar Manjit Singh.

Dr Kehar Singh went to his office on the board premises for about half an hour. He did not even release the result gazette of the matriculation examination today, as was the practice earlier.

The board chief was reportedly trying to get anticipatory bail in connection with a case registered against him by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau for his alleged involvement in financial and administrative irregularities during the tenure of the SAD-BJP government.

The Vigilance Bureau had found that in case of recruitment of 136 clerks, the procedure adopted by the board had not been fair. A study of the merit list had revealed that the re-examination of 60 candidates from Moga was mere eyewash.

The original answersheets and other records pertaining to the examination had been burnt to destroy evidence. New answersheets showing the candidates as having scored good marks had been placed to set the records right.

The Vice-Chairman of the board, Mr G. S. Sidhu, had got anticipatory bail as he feared that he would be the next target of the Vigilance Bureau.

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau had zeroed in on at least 10 officials of the board for their involvement in various irregularities.

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