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‘Suspended’ principal still rules Siddharth College,uses funds

Siddharth College of Commerce and Economics at Fort once again finds itself in a row,with staff members alleging that Krishna Patil.

Written by Dipti Sonawala | Mumbai | Published: August 9, 2013 2:57:52 am

Siddharth College of Commerce and Economics at Fort once again finds itself in a row,with staff members alleging that Krishna Patil,who was suspended from the post of principal in June,continues to occupy the principal’s cabin and access the college’s bank account.

U M Maske,the incharge principal,blamed police inaction for the chaos. Patil was suspended by Anandraj Ambedkar,the newly-appointed chairman of People’s Education Society (PES),which runs the college now,after allegations of graft. “Even after his suspension,Patil continued withdrawing money and issuing cheques to himself and others including his daughter,a staff member of one of the PES-run colleges. He has made several transactions amounting to Rs 12 lakh in July,” said Maske.

Patil claimed the appointment of Anandraj Ambedkar was illegal. “Nobody can just barge into the college with 200 people and claim appointment as the chairman. My suspension order is invalid,” he said.

Students had recently complained to police against Patil for charging fees under heads not prescribed by Mumbai University. An FIR was registered by the joint director of higher education at Azad Maidan police station against Patil on July 7 for violating Prohibition of Capitation Fee Act,1987.

Patil has dismissed these charges too.

Founded by Dr B R Ambedkar in 1945,Siddharth College is caught in a feud that started in 2010,when Patil and some other members of the governing body removed two of its members for alleged fraudulent activities. The two expelled members then formed a parallel committee against the governing body.

On June 2,2012,around 350 protesters led by Prakash Ambedkar (grandson of Dr B R Ambedkar and elder brother of Anandraj Ambedkar) tried to barge into the college demanding that the trust be handed over to them. The crowd turned violent and police had to resort to lathi-charge.

In September last year,Ramdas Athavle,chief of RPI (A),took over as chairman of trust. The appointment was termed illegal by the Charity Commissioner.

Anandraj Ambedkar took over as chairman of the trust in June and suspended Patil.

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