The trouble for Ramanuj Prasad - the suspended principal of a city's reputable public school - deepened with a fresh complaint lodged against him.
Ashok Kumar, a resident of Shivpuram near Danapur, lodged a written complaint with the Shastrinagar police station on Monday alleging that his son was declared "unsuccessful" deliberately in the institution's Class XI examinations last year. According to the complaint, some teachers of the school, considered close to the suspended principal, asked him (Kumar) to pay Rs 60,000 to get his son promoted to Class XII. He refused to follow their advice and got his son admitted to another school.
A sub-inspector, who is a part of the probe team constituted by the senior superintendent of police to unravel the truth, said on Tuesday that so far 20 petitions had been submitted at the Shastrinagar police station exposing the examination racket running in the school for the past several years to dupe students and extort money from their parents.
As regards Kumar's allegation, the investigating officer said the allegations against the principal were being verified. "We shall first go through the admission register of the students to verify if his son was a student of that school. Then other allegations would be probed thereafter," he added.
The officer, who requested anonymity, said members of the probe team were analysing some documents seized from the school. "We have also sought details of students admitted in the past three years," he told The Telegraph. Deputy superintendent of police (secretariat) Shibli Nomani denied the report that the police had moved the court to seek warrant of arrest against the suspended principal. "I don't think any warrant is required as the sections slapped on him are non-bailable. We are moving cautiously to gather clinching evidence against the accused," he said.
Prasad, the suspended principal, allegedly went into hiding after the district and sessions judge rejected his anticipatory bail petition on Saturday. He was suspended by the Delhi headquarters of the DAV managing committee on Monday. Earlier, three teachers of the school arrested on March 18 had named Prasad as the kingpin of the examination racket. The trio filed regular bail petition on Tuesday.
A source said several bureaucrats were trying to shield Prasad because of his "cordial relationship" with them. His clout can be gauged from the fact that he was the principal of the school for over one-and-a-half decades.