BHU gets ‘fake’ UGC letter

As soon as the matter was brought to the notice of the Chief Proctor, he sent a formal complaint for registration of FIR at Lanka police station.

Lucknow | Updated: February 6, 2014 2:35 pm
The BHU administration has sent a complaint to the Lanka police station seeking probe. It has also taken the letter off the website. The BHU administration has sent a complaint to the Lanka police station seeking probe. It has also taken the letter off the website.

The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has discovered a forged letter of the University Grants Commission (UGC), which was allegedly not only uploaded on its website but was also being followed up by officials.

The BHU administration has now sent a complaint to the Lanka police station seeking probe. The letter has also been taken off the
website.

Chairman of the BHU’s Press, Publicity and Publication Cell, Prof Ravi Pratap Singh, said: “It has been discovered that a fake letter of the UGC was being followed upon. As soon as the matter was brought to the notice of the Chief Proctor, he sent a formal complaint for registration of FIR at Lanka police station.” The Chief Proctor could not be reached for his comment.

Station Officer (Lanka) Dev Prasad Yadav said: “We received the complaint around 11 pm Friday. The matter has been entrusted to Sub-Inspector Abhay Singh, who is in-charge of the BHU police post, to make a preliminary inquiry into the exact nature of the offence. The complaint mentions that the letter was received as registered post from Bhelupur post office. We will be registering an FIR on the basis of the preliminary examination.”

Prof Singh said the letter was posted from Assi locality in Varanasi.

“I have not gone through its contents, but it was received more than a couple of months ago and there was some mention of giving promotions to some employees. Although no committee was constituted for the purpose, some official action was taken. It was in this regard that the UGC was contacted for further action, when they told us that it had never issued such a letter,” said Prof Singh.
Asked as to why the fake letter could not be discovered earlier, Prof Singh said it often took time for replies from the UGC to reach the university.

He added: “This is a big university and many people have grievances. Some such mischievous elements may have done this.”

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