The state government has suspended deputy director and commissioner-in-charge of the Maharashtra State Council of Examinations (MSCE) Shailaja Darade for her alleged involvement in a case, which involved promising jobs to candidates in the state education department in lieu of a bribe.
The suspension order was issued by deputy secretary to the state government T V Karpate. According to the order, Darade has been prohibited from moving out of the jurisdiction of the headquarters of the Council. She would not be able to take up any private job or business during the suspension period.
A complaint against Darade was registered by one Sukhdev Suryavanshi from Sangli with the Hadapsar police in February this year. Following this, commissioner of education Suraj Mandare filed a report, raising concerns about the manner in which Darade functioned.
Police booked Darade and her brother Dadasaheb for their alleged involvement in the bribery case. The Maharashtra State Council of Examinations is entrusted with the responsibility of conducting school scholarship examinations in the state.
The council is also responsible for accepting online applications for examinations as well as giving publicity for the same. The council also looks after the administration of examinations conducted by the education department.
The council handles the overall work of 11 major examinations, such as DTED, TET and others.