According to a Mumbai police official, an FIR has been registered against the founder of BYJU’s, a prominent education technology company, for allegedly utilizing fake information in their UPSC curriculum.
The Aarey Colony police have charged BYJU’s owner Raveendran under IPC sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and section 69 (A) of the Information Technology Act, based on a complaint made by Crimeophobia.
On July 30, he stated, the lawsuit was registered. According to Crimeophobia, in its UPSC curriculum, the ed-tech industry designated the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a nodal agency for the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNCTOC) (UNTOC). According to the police official, the complainant stated that the CBI had informed him in writing that it was not the UNTOC’s nodal agency.
Crimeophobia founder Snehil Dhall said, “I came across misquoting about UNTOC (India) implementation details in May on BYJU’s UPSC curriculum, after which I approached them through an e-mail, asking them to make necessary changes. In their reply, they sent me a letter from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) about the CBI being the nodal agency.
However, it was dated 2012, hence I found it unsatisfactory and approached the police.” According to Dhall, the CBI said in writing in 2016 that it was not the nodal agency for UNTOC implementation. He filed a criminal writ suit in the Supreme Court against the Union of India and 45 ministries for failing to fail to execute the UNTOC in India.
“The top agenda of India in UNSC is anti-terrorism and UNTOC is one of the core laws for cutting down terrorism, which has no takers for implementation due to which Crimeophobia had taken over the issue through SC,” he added. A spokesperson of BYJU’s said, “We have obtained a copy of the FIR by making an application to the court. Our lawyers are reviewing the FIR’s contents and we will take necessary steps as per legal advice.”
“We received a letter from Crimeophobia, claiming that the preparatory material published by us for UPSC examination about the UNTOC is incorrect. But contrary to the allegations, the material is factually correct and backed by a publicly available official memorandum issued by the MHA on April 30, 2012, a copy of which was also shared with Crimeophobia in response to the letter,” the spokesperson said, adding that all information that was utilized was verified.