On the basis of complaints by a company Crimeophobia, the Mumbai Police has registered an FIR in the AArey Colony police station on Thursday, 5 August against Byju Raveendran, owner of the leading education tech company BYJU’s, for allegedly publishing misleading information in its UPSC curriculum.
As per the FIR, Crimephobia has alleged that in the UPSC curriculum published by BYJU’s, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is described as a nodal agency for the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).
For this BYJU’S founder and owner, Byju Raveendran has been booked under IPC section 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and section 69 (A) of the Information Technology Act.
Snehil Dhall, founder of Crimephobia said that “I came across misquoting about UNTOC’s 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 about the CBI being the nodal agency. However, it was dated 2012, hence I found it unsatisfactory and approached the police”.
Dhall added that in the year 2016 the CBI had given it in writing that it wasn’t the nodal agency for implementation on UNTOC. The report further states that after receiving the CBI clarification, Dhall filed a criminal writ in the Supreme Court against the Union of India and 45 ministries for not implementing UNTOC in the country.
A spokesperson from BYJU’S has denied the allegations and said that they’ve received a copy of the FIR. BYJU’S is first going through the content of the FIR and will take necessary actions after seeking legal advice.
The spokesperson said, “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.”
BYJU’S is India’s biggest start-up with a valuation of over $16 Billion and is currently in talks with Vedantu to purchase it for over $800 Million.