New Delhi: The Gauhati High Court had levied a fine of Rs 50,000 on ‘Super 30′ founder and noted mathematician Anand Kumar for not appearing before it on November 26 in connection with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), stated a report.
The PIL was filed in September 2018 by four students of the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G) who claimed that Kumar had cheated them under the pretext of admission to his education programme ‘Super 30’. Patna-based institute ‘Super 30’ was founded by Anand Kumar to help students from poor economic backgrounds prepare for the IIT entrance exams. The institute claims to provide coaching for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to a select group of 30 students from an economically underprivileged background.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Ajay Lamba and Justice A M Bujarbaruah had on November 19 directed Kumar to personally appear before the court on Tuesday. Since he did not appear before the court on the said date, the High Court had ordered Kumar to pay a compensation amount of Rs 10,000 each to five students and their guardians who claimed to be victims of Kumar, stated news agency PTI. Notably, the next date of hearing in the case has been fixed to November 28.
The students who had enrolled themselves in ‘Super 30’ coaching class were allegedly admitted to the Ramanujan School of Mathematics with a tuition fee of Rs 33,000 per person, stated a report. They were not given training to clear the entrance exam to IITs and JEE, the report quoted what was mentioned in the PIL.
As per the PIL, Kumar has not revealed the names of the 26 students of Super 30 who had allegedly cleared the 2018 IIT entrance examination. It further said that Kumar stopped running his ‘Super 30’ class after 2008. However, whenever the IIT entrance examination results are announced, Anand Kumar used students, including those from Ramanujam School of Mathematics to show before the media that they are from his institute and that they had cleared the IIT entrance exam. The PIL went on to say that Kumar is neither competent nor qualified to teach the IIT aspirants, stated news agency PTI.