The government has denied permission to the CBI to prosecute former Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Naseem Ahmad.
Ahmad, a retired 1972-batch IAS officer, is accused of cheating in the appointment of an officer in the university in 2005. He served as the AMU V-C from 2002 till his resignation in 2007. Ahmad was also chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities from 2014 to 2017.
The Criminal Procedure Code 1973 and Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 provide that to prosecute a public servant, permission or sanction has to be secured from government (central or state) for which he works.
The CBI had written to the President this year seeking permission to prosecute Ahmad in the matter of appointment of Shakaib Arsalan as Assistant Finance Officer (AFO). It is alleged that Arsalan was not among the nine candidates found eligible, out of the 22 applicants.
The HRD Ministry, on the President’s behalf, sought the advice of the CVC) in August. The CVC is learned to have said that there is no evidence of quid pro quo in the case against Ahmad and hence, the prosecution would not be justified.