A Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) programmer has been accused of hacking into the CCRT scholarship software in order to siphon scholarship funds distributed by the CCRT to young children. Following the accusation, a case has been registered under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
A total of Rs 48 lakh have been siphoned off according to the CCRT complaint. However, the police have not made any arrests so far, the Indian Express reported.
The accused, Sandeep Kumar, was working with the CCRT on contract basis for the past seven years and has denied the allegations made against him. The allegations have been made by the CCRT director, GC Joshi, according to the Indian Express report.
They are accusing me of hacking into their system. I do not have such skills and I am not stupid enough to transfer the money in my family’s name. I was fired from the department and am looking for a job.Sandeep, the accused talking to the Indian Express.
The police say that Sandeep allegedly replaced the bank account details of the scholarship holders with those of his family members.
The CCRT is a training institution under the ministry of culture. The scholarship in question gives Rs 12,600 per month to students between the age of 10 to 14 years old.
The next step is for the police to recover the scholarship amount, according to the Indian Express report.
“We cannot disburse the scholarship which has been debited. We are waiting for the police to investigate the matter and recover the money, which will then be handed over to the children,” Joshi was quoted by Indian Express as saying.
(With inputs from the Indian Express.)