The director of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in Kolkata, Professor B Roy, has been sacked by the Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation on grounds of “financial and administrative irregularities” with immediate effect. The order was issued on June 10 and posted on the ministry’s website.
The news reached the ISI campus in Kolkata late Wednesday. While faculty members and staff at the institute were tight lipped about the director making such an inglorious exit, one said: “The atmosphere on the campus is tense and everyone is maintaining silence.”
Despite repeated attempts, Roy could not be reached for comments. S K Iyer, chief executive of ISI, when contacted, said: “I have no comments to offer about the current situation.”
The order added that Professor S Bandopadhyay’s appointment as ISI director with effect from August 1, 2015 has been endorsed by the ministry.
At the same time, the ministry note stated that indiscipline on part of Roy, as evident from facts recorded on the note on appointment of the new director, along with a letter from the chairman of ISI council, recommended that disciplinary action may be taken against him. Arun Shourie is the chairman of the ISI Council.
The note mentioned that that step was taken after the issue was “comprehensively and carefully deliberated.”
“There is justified and reasonable apprehension that the current director may indulge in propagation of indiscipline and mischief, including acts of administrative and financial impropriety in the interregnum up to 31st July, before the new director takes charge,” the ministry noted, adding that it was difficult to have “confidence” in Roy.