Headmaster arrested on charges of defalcation

MALDA
14 Sep 2018

Acting on a tip off police arrested headmaster of a high school who was accused of money laundering and went absconding for last 10 months. Krishna Mandal, headmaster of Ratua high school was nabbed from his house last night. The headmaster has claimed himself to be innocent and a victim of conspiracy.
It has been learnt from police sources that block development officer of Ratua I block lodged a complaint against Mandal towards the end of last year after a section of guardians and teachers alleged that he had misappropriated a huge fund allotted for the school’s development and midday meal.
It has been learnt from block administrative and school sources that Mandal, who was headmaster of the school for 12 years, did not place any accounts of the grants received from different sources.
“Although the school received a huge grant for renovating the old building and constructing new class-rooms, Mandal did nothing. He kept the accounts of midday meal concealed from school committee and teachers. We were in dark about the money collected from students during admission. Some girls told us that Mandal used to collect money from them promising them inclusion in  Kanyashree scheme,” a teacher said.
Eventually, a section of teachers and guardians knocked the door of the BDO who found the allegations to be primarily true. It was then the BDO lodged a complaint against Mandal.
Mandal said, “I have been the victim of dirty politics. It was a conspiracy against me. I would defend myself in court.”
According to some teachers of the school, Mandal tried to escape arrest in numerous ways. He allegedly stopped going to school and even tried to obtain anticipatory bail which was rejected.
BDO, Ratua I block Arjun Pal said, “As we found substances in allegations against Mandal during the primary probe, a written complaint was lodged against him. Now, the law would take its own course.”
Sajalkanti Biswas, sub divisional police officer of Chanchal said, “Although the accused went absconding, he was under our rudder. We arrested him soon after he came back to his quarter.s” (EOIPC)