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Guwahati, Feb 5: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Assam filed the chargesheets in the court accusing 32 people in the embezzlement of pre-matric scholarship funds for minority students totaling about Rs 10 Crore.

According to police, the 32 arrested people, there are four Headmasters, two Electronic Data Processors, two Assistant Teachers, two Presidents of the School Management Committee, eight owners of Customer Service Points of various Banks, and 14 middlemen.

Police said that the 7,386 pages chargesheets were submitted in 86 days from the date of the first arrest in the case before the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Kamrup (Metro) district in Guwahati.

The statements of 10 witnesses have also been recorded by the Judicial Magistrate under the provision of section 164 Cr.Pc.

All the 32 arrested accused persons are still in jail.

The CID sleuths during the probe seized 14 laptops, 13 mobile phones, two hard disks, several electronic devices and a fingerprint scanner along with documents from several districts of the state.

The case was registered on the basis of an FIR lodged on August 28 last year by the Director of Assam Minorities Development Board and State Nodal Officer for Pre-Matric Scholarship for Minorities Mahmood Hassan.

The pre-matric scholarship for the students belonging to the minority community is a central scheme sponsored and implemented by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs for students who secure 50 percent marks in the previous examinations and whose parents’ annual income does not exceed Rs 1 lakh.

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