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Tripura HC issues non-bailable warrant against Kerala based GEN authority

Tripura HC issues non-bailable warrant against Kerala based GEN authority

 May 15, 2018

The High Court of Tripura has issued a non bailable warrant against former chairman of Global Education Net (GEN) K Balachandran Nair, who is facing charges of fraudulently diverting government funds and receiving unauthorized loans from a bank in Tripura about a decade ago.

Justice Arindam Lodh directed Superintendent of Police of Alappuzha in Kerala to produce him in the court on or before June 30. The accused Balachandran along with Secretary of the group T K Harikumar and treasurer G Easwari Amma were charged under sections 467, 468, 471, 420, 406, 409 and 120B of Indian Panel Code.

The GEN had set up a 100-seat Tripura Medical College in Agartala in 2004, taking land and a building of the state government on lease but it was closed down in 2008 pleading that the college was running in loss. The state government had to take over the college as the future of 200 MBBS students, over 900 doctors and other employees were at stake.

Apart from securing the permission of the Medical Council of India (MCI) for admitting students in 2008-09 academic years, GEN had also failed to pay the salaries of employees, which led to a series of disruptions in the functioning of the college and hospital. The GEN had launched the medical college in 2006 with provisional approval of the MCI but, subsequently, the MCI refused to recognize the college due to deficiency in infrastructure.

However, GEN had continued admitting students in the college, charging heavy capitation fee government as guarantor. Though it did not get recognition, GEN somehow managed to extract the entire promised amount of Rs 25 Cr in grant from the state government besides, mobilizing private loans at high interests and another loan of Rs 25 crore from HUDCO.

Having failed to secure MCI recognition even after filing a case in the Supreme Court, they simply fled the state and have not responded to the government's letters. Finally, the state government moved to high court seeking action against GEN Chairman and others. Despite getting summon from the court the accused persons had not appeared, which prompted the high court to issue warrant. (UNI)

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