Punjab police book DBU chancellor, officials for duping students

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September 17, 2023 CNI News: In a significant development, the Punjab Police on Saturday charged Desh Bhagat University’s (DBU) chancellor and owner for allegedly defrauding students who had registered in the institution’s four-year nursing programme.

The district police had already drawn criticism for using excessive force to disperse demonstrating students, many of whom were Kashmiri. The university was delivering nursing programmes without the required approvals from regulatory agencies, including the Punjab Nursing Council, and these students had been calling for police involvement.

The First Information Report (FIR) states that the Punjab Police have identified a number of people in connection with this case.

Chancellor Zora Singh, his relative Tejinder Kaur, university vice president Harshdeep Singh, HK Sidhu, security in-charge Darshan Singh, and seven other named individuals are among those implicated.They have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 354B (assault or use of criminal force on a woman with intent to disrobe), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 427 (mischief causing damage), 506 (criminal intimidation), 148 (rioting), and 149 (unlawful assembly).

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