After the flak it received for reinstating suspended officer of social welfare department, Geeta Ram Nautiyal, the state administration on Friday cancelled the reinstatement decision of the officer. Nautiyal who is the main accused in the multi Crore scholarship scam would continue to remain suspended from his service.
It is learnt that the decision to revoke the reinstatement order was taken after the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed his unhappiness on it.
Nautiyal who is a joint director in the social welfare department was reinstated by an order of state administration on May 18. Following all round criticism and intervention of CM, the secretary Social welfare department, M Fenai cancelled the order of reinstatement of Nautiyal with immediate effect.
In his order, Fenai said that since the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has filed a chargesheet against Nautiyal in the High Court (HC) and the charge against him is very serious, the order of May 18 stands cancelled.
In the multi Crore scholarship scam a total of 115 cases have so far been registered and 79 people including six officers of department were arrested.
The scam was unearthed after the CAG in its report questioned the distribution of scholarships.
The investigation revealed that scholarships were paid to many fictitious institutes during the year 2012 to 2016. Joint director Nautiyal was arrested by SIT on October 31, 2019 and on November 19 he was suspended.