Fake sting victim yet to be posted in a school

February 20th, 2008 - 7:22 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Uma Khurana, a schoolteacher in Delhi who was falsely framed in a fake sting operation, has been reinstated by the Delhi government but is yet to be allocated a school where she will be posted. Khurana has received a letter from the Department of Education (DoE) revoking her dismissal and asking her to join duty.

“On Feb 15, I received the letter regarding my reinstatement and Monday I joined. However I am yet to be posted in a school,” Uma Khurana told IANS Wednesday.

The TV sting operation aired Aug 30 last year purported to show that Khurana, a mathematics teacher at a government-run school in central Delhi, was running a prostitution racket involving schoolgirls.

Once the sting operation was found to be a fake, a trial court Nov 21 had absolved Khurana of all charges.

The DoE’s decision has come after Khurana moved the Delhi High Court contending that the department had failed to consider her plea for returning to work despite being cleared of all charges.

Immediately after the TV channel aired the fake sting, 41-year-old Khurana was arrested on charges of immoral trafficking, was sacked from her job and was badly abused and assaulted by a mob. But Khurana was confident that she would be cleared.

“When Tsunami came many lives were destroyed. But that did not stop the survivors from carrying on in life. My children are my constant source of strength. I will carry on for them,” an emotional Khurana said.

It later came to light that Khurana’s business associate Virender Arora and private television channel Live India’s reporter Prakash Singh had allegedly implicated her.

A week after the fake sting was aired, it was found that the operation was a hoax as the woman shown as a prostitution racket victim was not even a student but an aspiring journalist - Rashmi Singh.

Prakash, who had carried out the sting operation, was arrested Sep 8 last year.

Subsequent to her exoneration by the trial court, Khurana had filed a criminal defamation case in the Delhi High Court.

“The next hearing in the case is April 7 and I am not going to lie down till those responsible for this are taken to task,” Khurana said.

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