The Special Task Force (STF) of the UP Police has summoned the vice-chancellor of Kanpur-based Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University (CSJMU), Vinay Pathak, for questioning on Friday in connection with a bribery and extortion case.
The decision of the STF to ask Pathak to join the investigation comes a day after the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court dismissed the vice-chancellor’s plea seeking quashing of the FIR against him in the corruption case.
“We have issued a notice to Vinay Pathak, asking him to join the investigation on Friday morning,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (STF) Avanishwar Chandra Srivastava, who is the Investigating Officer in the case, said.
Pathak and his alleged associate Ajay Mishra (55) have been booked for allegedly extorting money from David Mario Dennis for approving bills related to conducting examinations at Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar University in Agra. Pathak was the officiating V-C of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar University from January to September this year.
Denis, in his complaint to the police, alleged that he paid Rs 1.31 crore to Pathak this year through his aide Mishra for clearing his pending bills. His firm, Digitex Technologic India Pvt Ltd, helps universities in conducting examinations.
Police have so far arrested Mishra and a Gurgaon-based businessman Ajay Jain in connection with the case. The STF said that after receiving the alleged extortion money, Mishra used to give it to Jain who used to create bogus bills and then invest the money in different businesses.
So far, police have not sought police remand of the two arrested accused. Sources in the STF said they would seek their custody from the court as per the collected evidence collected. Both Mishra and Jain are currently lodged in jail.