Orchids Trustee Arrested For Permit Lapses, Cheating

Three others summoned for questioning; no evidence against cleaner detained on Thursday

Published: 25th October 2014 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th October 2014 06:04 AM   |  A+A-


BANGALORE: Police have arrested K R K Reddy, secretary of Gautham Trust — which runs Orchids School — and booked him for cheating and other offences. The school has been in the news since Tuesday, when a sexual assault was reported on a three-year-old girl.

The arrest follows the Department of Public Instruction complaining to the police that the school had not obtained the necessary permissions.

The trust’s president, vice-president and secretary are all from same family. Reddy’s wife is its president and their son the vice-president.

“We have taken Reddy into custody and asked the other trustees to appear before the investigating officers,” said DCP (North) T R Suresh.

Mohammed Mohsin, Commissioner of Public Instruction, has filed a complaint against the management of Orchids.  Speaking to the media, Mohsin said the school had been booked for several offences, including cheating. Additional Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar visited the school on Friday morning and conducted an inspection. Senior police officers, who continued interrogating the male employees of the school, said they were collecting circumstantial evidence.

They have found no evidence against Gundanna, a cleaner they had detained and questioned closely on Thursday.

Sarah Fatima and Shobha Rani, both ACPs, are constantly in touch with the victim and her family. The school had announced five days of holidays for Diwali, and the incident took place just a day before the holidays began. City Police Commissioner M N Reddi also announced to the media that Reddy had been arrested. “Three others have been summoned for running classes without obtaining permission,” he said. Home Minister K J George, who also addressed the media, said the police were on the right track. George promised strict action against schools not implementing the guidelines.

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