Principal of Pune school held for land scam in Hyderabad

'Sold Army land for Rs 18.5 crore'; school maintaining secrecy, say parents.

The principal of a city school and her spouse were arrested in Hyderabad for allegedly trying to sell defence land to a Hyderabad-based education trust for Rs 18.5 crore, claiming to be the owners.

The couple, remanded in judicial custody, is now lodged in Chanchalguda Central Jail, Hyderabad, sources said.

They said the Hyderabad Central Crime Station (CCS) police arrested D Ahluwalia (Reena Jalnawala), the principal of Vibgyor International School, Pune (Vibgyor High), NIBM Road, and her husband Kusro Jalnawala, a resident of Salunke Vihar in Army Co-operative Housing Society, on January 26.

According to Hyderabad police, the couple, claiming to be owners of a plot of land at Bowenpally in Secunderabad Cantonment, sold it to Tavinder Singh Kohli, the managing trustee of Guru Nanak Educational Society, Bollarum Road. The couple reportedly collected Rs 18.5 crore from Kohli in several tranches through cheques.

Kohli later came to know it was defence land and that he had been shown fabricated ownership documents. He lodged a police complaint.

Hyderabad CCS police inspector P Madhukumar Swamy said, "Investigations revealed Jalnawala, posing as a military officer, had shown an open land near the Military Dairy Farm at Bowenpally and Bhaktavarguda and furnished fabricated documents."

Hyderabad police said a magisterial court remanded the couple in 14-day judicial custody. They said that the police have not recovered any money from the suspects so far.

The parent of a child who studies at Vibgyor said the school is maintaining secrecy about the arrest but the principal was not present during the flag-hoisting at the school on Republic Day.

"Her absence on Republic Day raised suspicions. Later, some parents enquired and found that the principal had been arrested in Hyderabad. The school authorities are saying the principal is on a one-month leave," said a student's parent who did not wish to be named.

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