Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the CBI to probe how many private educational institutes have got recognition and no objection certificates (NOC) by submitting fake documents in the state.

CBI had informed the court about shortage of staff and pleaded to get the investigation done through some regulatory body, but the court asked the premier investigation agency to go ahead with the probe.

Acting on the petition of Kangra resident, alleging that a private BEd college had used fake documents to get recognition from the national council of teachers education (NCTE) to run its courses, the high court had asked the CBI to probe how many fake colleges are there in the state.

During its investigation, CBI found that Himachal Pradesh has around 274 private BEd and engineering colleges. Considering the large number, it requested the court to get the probe completed through some regulatory body as it did not have enough manpower to scrutinize such a huge number of colleges. But the high court recently directed the CBI to get the probe completed with the assistance of a regulatory body.

Confirming the development, CBI SP Rigzin Upasak said that following fresh directives from the court, now all the private educational institutes in the state would be scrutinized to know how they have got recognition and affiliations. “We would check whether these institutes are having adequate staff and area as claimed,” he said.

Last year, the high court had directed the CBI to reveal names of all educational institutions in the state which secured recognition based on fake documents. According to sources, CBI has already accessed the documents of the 274 private educational institutes running in the state to know whether any wrong has been committed to get required permissions.