THE CHEATING and forgery case registered against its officiating director K K Bhutani and other top officials and subsequent raids by the CBI on the institute cast a shadow on the silver jubilee celebrations of NIPER on Monday, as the chief guest, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar, gave it a miss.
Bhutani, who was grilled by the CBI on Friday and Saturday, had said that the minister would attend the function but neither the minister nor the secretary of the department turned up for the function. However, Prof Narinder K Mehra, national professor, AIIMS, New Delhi, who had to deliver the foundation lecture, attended the function.
Bhutani claimed that the minister was busy in a ‘Make in India’ function in Mumbai. However, he said the secretary of the department would visit the institute within 10 days.
“Both the minister and the secretary were busy with the Make in India function. Our function was successful and most of the dignitaries who were invited attended the function. We will organise 25 different programmes to celebrate the silver jubilee,” said Bhutani.
Asked if the CBI raids could be one of the reasons why some of the guests did not attend the function, Bhutani said that it might be possible that some people had thought about the raids and missed the function. He again reiterated that he would come out clean in the inquiry.
Many NIPER students also preferred to stay inside their hostels instead of attending the function. A student on condition of anonymity told Chandigarh Newsline that he along with some of his friends did not attend any function on Monday as they were against the management’s way of functioning.