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Agartala: The Tripura education department has filed an FIR against 13 post-graduate and graduate teachers for submitting forged documents during the recruitment process.

The Tripura government filed the FIR on Sunday after receiving a large number of complaints about forgery in educational degree certificates.

After acquiring office in March this year, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government made announcement to 885 graduate and 125 post-graduate teachers and gave appointments to candidates qualified the ‘teachers’ eligibility test’.

State education minister Ratan lal Nath said that the department got complaints about many candidates possessing fake B Ed degree certificates from other states. Altogether, allegations were made against 132 teachers to the state education department over forgery in documents.

Minister Nath said, “We have received certificate verification report from the institutions and found that 16 of the candidates have joined services. An FIR has been lodged against 13 teachers. We have initiated investigations in the meantime.”

Another education department official Bibha Das said: “Of the 16 teachers, three applicants’ applications were found to be discrepant. Their appointments have been cancelled already, so we did not initiate legal proceedings against those three teachers.”

The FIR was filed under Section 466 and 471 of the Indian Panel Code and if the allegation is proved the teachers will be liable for seven years of imprisonment and fine, said sources. The department is going through the entire list of teachers and scrutinising their documents.

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