April 20, 2011 3:49:53 am
A Rs 60-lakh bill and two probe committees later,the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry is considering requesting the CBI to look into graft allegations against Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor Prof P K Abdul Azis.
The first full Visitors inquiry committee had to be dissolved within months due to differences between panel members,retired Justice Fakhruddin of the Madhya Pradesh High Court and A H Jung,a retired Indian Audits and Accounts Service officer.
The committee was set up to probe the affairs of the Aligarh Muslim University, with specific allegations against the vice-chancellor,registrar and certain authorities involved in alleged wrongful purchases in July 2009.
The ministry then set up a second two-member panel with Justice B A Khan and Justice A N Devicha in February 2010. The panel recently submitted a report that does not come to any definite conclusion.
While one-panel member concluded that VC Azis did misappropriate funds,the other said it was not misappropriation but was an administrative lapse for which the varsity was also responsible.
The divided interim report has left the ministry in a bind.
Accepting one view would mean it would ultimately be challenged in court. On the other hand,setting up yet another committee will invite considerable criticism. It is now being considered that maybe,the issue should be referred to the CBI so that it is put to rest, said an official in the HRD Ministry.
Prof Azis now has only a year of his term as V-C remaining. Charges against the V-C include having made AMU pay his and the registrars income tax and purchase of furniture worth Rs 50 lakh from Kerala.
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