Mumbai university (MU) has reinstated four suspended employees from the examination section following a clean chit by the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
University authorities said the employees — Chetan Kamalallu (assistant registrar), Rajashree Chavan (superintendent), Preeti Rawool (clerk) and Uttan Jaitapkar (junior clerk) — were suspended for alleged involvement in an exam-related scam.
They were suspended in June last year after the Dr Madhu Nair Committee set up by MU found they could be involved with a paanwala, Anil Salian, near the university’s Vidyanagri campus at Kalina, who allegedly promised students marks for money. The in-service departmental inquiry, initiated against the four by the university, is still pending.
MU Registrar Dr M A Khan said the employees had been reinstated conditionally as the in-service departmental inquiry was pending. “Exam section is a very sensitive department… Hence, the four employees have been assigned work in other departments and the inquiry will continue. The committee is expected to submit its report in three-four months,” he said.
Rupesh Malusare, president of the Mumbai Vidyapeeth Karmachari Sangh (MVKS), who had been protesting against the varsity administration and demanding reinstatement of the four employees, said, “MVKS found that the ACB had charged Salian, the paanwala, for collecting money from students for increasing their marks or providing photocopies of question papers before exams, but had not mentioned the names of any of the suspended employees. When ACB had not charged them four, it was unfair on part of the university to continue their suspension.”
MU authorities quoted a government resolution for reinstating the employees. The resolution states: “An employee had to be reinstated pending departmental inquiry after the period of their suspension completed six months.” As the suspension had taken place in June, the employees had to be reinstated as per the government order.