HC suspects foul play in re-totalling of marks,orders Vigilance probe

Suspecting foul play,the Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday directed the Punjab Vigilance Bureau to conduct a probe into the alleged interpolations done in the answersheets by officials of Guru Ravidas Ayurved University,Hoshiarpur.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:20 pm

Suspecting foul play,the Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday directed the Punjab Vigilance Bureau to conduct a probe into the alleged interpolations done in the answersheets by officials of Guru Ravidas Ayurved University,Hoshiarpur.

As the case up for resumed hearing,the court expressed surprise over the fact that despite a scathing report submitted by S S Gill,former Vice Chancellor,Baba Farid University of Health Sciences,Faridkot ,in February this year,indicting the officials of the university,no action has been taken. Concluding the enquiry,the former V-C had also recommended that the “case of tampering may be handed over to the police for further interrogation qua the role of each of the suspicious officials”.

From deputy registrar,dean academic to controller of examination,half a dozen University officials were indicted in the report. Commenting on the role of K P Singh,deputy registrar and Kaman Singh Thakur,superintendent,the inquiry report states that their “role is not above board”.

The report,submitted in the court Monday,also recommends strict action against a programmer and data entry operator “or any other University employee involved.”

Interestingly,after controller of examination (CoE) Loveleen Kaur objected to the tampering of the answersheets,the University removed her from the post. However,her conduct has also been objected to in the inquiry report.

“Loveleen Kaur,ex CoE,has been found lacking in supervision of her branch because the keys of secrecy room never remained with her and it was found to be with programmer Vishal Pathania or data entry operator Sukhwinder Singh. Moreover,she never pointed out anything suspicious or doubtful regarding the tampering of the answersheets even though she was actually the custodian of all answersheets,which the first committee found to be tampered with. Even after re-checking by special committee,the answersheets remained in her custody. She probably highlighted these mistakes and fudging on answersheets and also raised doubts about the reports of the re-checking only after she was removed as CoE by the university,” reads the inquiry report.

Contending on behalf of the petitioner,Advocate R K Handa demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the scandal of re-evaluation/tampering with the answer sheets under the garb of retotalling of marks.

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