HC stays termination of Barasat varsity registrar

Bera’s counsel had challenged the termination order,saying the vice-chancellor,as per legal provisions,does not have the authority to terminate the registrar.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: December 5, 2013 3:35 am

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday put a stay on the termination order passed against the registrar of West Bengal State University,Barasat,for the alleged misappropriation of funds and misbehaving with a woman.

Justice Sombdha Chakraborty directed the university and the state government to file an affidavit against registrar Rampada Bera’s petition following his termination order of November 25.

Bera’s counsel had challenged the termination order,saying the vice-chancellor,as per legal provisions,does not have the authority to terminate the registrar,thereby rendering the order illegal.

Bera was a lecturer at Sonarpur College before joining the university as its registrar a year ago. He is alleged to have misbehaved with a female colleague — a part-time lecturer — after which an inquiry committee was set up to look into the allegations,which also included that of misappropriation of funds.

On November 25,Kausik Gupta,the university’s V-C,had terminated Bera on the ground that the inquiry committee had found him guilty in both cases. Bera had then approached the court,challenging the order. The case would be heard next in January.

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