SHILLONG, Jan 04: State PWD Minister, M Ampareen Lyngdoh has been booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation for her alleged role in the manipulation of score sheets in the recruitment of teachers in 2008-09.
Informing this here on Thursday, a CBI official said that the CBI has acted on the orders of Meghalaya High Court, registering the FIR under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, forgery, criminal breach of trust against Lyngdoh, who was the then Education Minister at the time of the alleged scam.
The CBI has also booked Additional Shief Secretary PS Thangkhiew, a 1984-batch IAS officer, who was the then Principal Secretary Education, the CBI official said.
Thangkhiew is now the Additional Chief Secretary looking after the crucial home department.
The agency has also made Directorate of Elementary and Mass Education and unidentified persons accused in the FIR.
The Meghalaya High Court had on November 2, 2017, ordered the CBI to take over the investigation registered by state police relating to alleged mass manipulation, tampering in the score sheets and interference in the selection of assistant teachers in lower primary schools in the state in 2008-09.
It is alleged that Lyngdoh had instructed J D Sangma, who was the Director, Elementary and Mass Education, at that time and two of her supporters to tamper and forge the score sheets by applying white fluid to increase or decrease marks of the candidates.
A complainant had alleged that the Minister, in collusion and connivance with other members of the Legislative Assembly carried out large scale manipulation in the selection process for the appointment of assistant teachers.
The High Court had expressed its view that this is a matter that required thorough and deep investigation by an independent agency.