Allegations Against the Minister Jeetah:The ICAC Opened a Preliminary Investigation

8 years, 9 months ago - August 16, 2013
An investigation was opened by the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) on a series of allegations as a target with the Minister of Higher Education, Rajesh Jeetah.

In a letter that landed in the mailbox of the ICAC, whistleblowers, who prefer to remain anonymous, argue that the Minister Jeetah be the center of a conflict of interest for its role in the Mauritian branch Eastern Institute of Integrated Learning and Management (EIILM) University. This institution is managed by members of the family Jeetah.

Whistleblowers recall that in a letter from the University Grants Commission of India, dating back to June, it is stated that "the Indian universities can not operate in Mauritius." The authors of the letter sent to the ICAC, the authorities should have prevented the Mauritian branch to continue to operate. The Commission opened a preliminary investigation after which it will decide whether a full investigation is warranted or not.

Allegations were also made against the local branch of the University of Wolverhamptom. This institution is managed by members of the family Jeetah. In the batch of claims, mention is also made of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), regulatory body falling under the Ministry of Tertiary Education. Allegations of conflict of interest involving the Minister Jeetah and the local branch of the EIILM University are not new. On June 25, Rajesh Jeetah had spoken on the subject at the National Assembly.

Should concede be a "trustee" of the Trust managing the local branch of the Indian university, it was clear that "has nothing to do with its management." He added: "I have nothing to do with the institution or with funding or something. It is just that he is my brother. "Reference is made here to Sunil Jeetah, director of the Mauritian branch.

Rajesh Jeetah also explained that he has already declared his interest in the past and he asked his Permanent Secretary "to be as strict as possible" when it comes to this institution. For the Department, it is perfectly entitled to operate on the Mauritian soil. Thursday, Rajesh Jeetah held a press conference to discuss, among other things, the dismissal of Ramesh Rughooputh the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius. 

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