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CBSE seeks report from Gujarat on leasing out of school land to Nithyananda's ashram

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has sought a report from Gujarat Education department on how land of a school was leased out to self-styled godman Nithyanand's ashram in Ahmedabad without its permission, according to officials.

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New Delhi Updated on: November 21, 2019 19:45 IST
CBSE seeks report from Gujarat on leasing out of school land to Nithyananda's ashram
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CBSE seeks report from Gujarat on leasing out of school land to Nithyananda's ashram

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has sought a report from Gujarat Education department on how land of a school was leased out to self-styled godman Nithyanand's ashram in Ahmedabad without its permission, according to officials.

"The board has written to the State Education Department to inquire into the matter of leasing out land of DPS Maninagar, Ahmedabad to Swami Nityananda ashram without permission of the board," a senior CBSE official said.

"It has been asked to conduct the enquiry expeditiously and convey the outcome of the report and status of No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by the state department to the school for seeking CBSE affiliation," the official added. 

The school's principal Hitesh Puri, when contacted said, "we have terminated the lease agreement." He however, did not comment on whether permission was sought from the board before leasing out the land.

An FIR was registered against Nithyananda on Wednesday on the charges of alleged kidnapping and wrongful confinement of children to make them collect donations from followers to run his ashram.

Police also arrested Sadhvi Pranpriyananda and Priyatatva Riddhi Kiran, both women disciples of the controversial 'godman', on charges of allegedly kidnapping at least four children, keeping them in illegal confinement in a flat and using them as child labourers to promote activities of the ashram to collect donations.

 

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