The HRD ministry has written to the President seeking permission to conduct a ‘visitorial inquiry’ into allegations of irregularities against the Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Officials said that a complaint alleging financial and administrative irregularities against AMU VC Lt General (retd) Zameeruddin Shah had been received by the ministry, which it has forwarded to the President.
Shah had been appointed by the UPA in 2012 and his term expires next year, sources said.
They added that the complaint against Shah contained various allegations of financial and other irregularities which has been forwarded to the President, who is the visitor of all central universities.
Officials said that in another case a complaint of irregularities had also been made against the VC of Allahabad University.
A proposal seeking an inquiry in this regard has also been moved for the President’s approval, they added.
Meanwhile, Shah denied the allegations against him and said he was “prepared to face any inquiry”.
“The allegations of financial and administrative irregularities are untrue and have been designed to sully my image by vested interests”, the AMU VC told PTI.
“I am however fully prepared to face any such inquiry if and when it is instituted,” he added.
Asked whether he felt the NDA government was targeting him for championing the cause of the university’s minority character, the VC denied it.
“The charges against me are being levelled by some vested interests to jeopardise and prejudice the ongoing case against my appointment in the apex court,” he said.