The Allahabad University (AU) is examining an allegation against professor Ranjana Bajpai of drawing salary from two sources in contravention of rules while she was chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh Rajya Mahila Ayog (State Womens Commission) from August 2004 to May 2007.
Bajpai denied the allegation,saying she was not involved in any wrongdoing.
The professor was with the Samajwadi Party when she was chairperson of the commission. Later,she joined the Bahujan Samaj Party in 2009. She was also the SP womens wing chief when she quit the party just before the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. She unsuccessfully contested the 2012 UP Assembly polls from Sevata constituency in Sitapur district as BSP candidate.
AU public relations officer,professor A K Sahu,said on Thursday: The vice-chancellor has received a complaint in this regard and he has marked it to the registrar for examining the matter. Any action,if required,would be taken thereafter.
The complaint,filed on the basis of documents obtained through RTI applications from AU and Sate Womens Commission since last year,indicated that she was paid nearly Rs 1.5 lakh by the latter towards salary/remuneration for being the chairperson of the commission,even as she continued to draw regular salary as a professor in AU.
Bajpai said,There is nothing illegal in what I have done. I am fully aware of the rules and regulations in terms of accepting remuneration. The university does not permit salary from two sources. But we do get remuneration for works like invigilation.
Bajpai,a professor of ancient history,also questioned the timing of raising the issue and blamed the current Head of Department (HoD),Department of Ancient History,professor J N Pal,as being behind the same. He does not want me to become the head, she said.
Pal said: She is due to become the HoD on account of her seniority. Whether I want her to become HoD or not is immaterial. There are rules for everything.