Bhubaneswar, Aug 12
Members of United Teachers and Employees Association (UTEA) lodged a complaint against Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Jayadev Jena at the Capital Police Station here on Sunday on charges of defrauding candidates for teachers’ posts for over Rs 25 lakh in 1997.
The petitioners accused Jena of defrauding candidates for over Rs 25 lakh with promise to provide jobs to CT and B Ed graduates while he was the School and Mass Education minister in 1997.
According to the complaint lodged by UTEA, Jena, as the minister of School and Mass Education in 1997, had degraded education in the state and had showed undue favour to his associates and family members. He had reportedly collected Rs 25 lakh from students of CT and B Ed to provide them jobs, but had later failed to do so. Demanding a refund, students had staged demonstration in front of his residence, wherein one youth identified as Prasanna Mohanty had committed suicide by self-immolation.
He had also collected Rs seven lakh to convert over 117 government funded girls’ schools into government schools, but had converted only seven of them, the teachers’ association alleged in its complaint.
Jena, however, has rejected the charge. “The allegations are baseless and politically motivated. As I had lodged three lakh complaints against Chief Minister Naveen Patniak, former BJD MLA Bikram Keshari Burma has purposely got the case registered against me,” he said.