EDUCATION & CORRUPTION: Armed with HC order, registrar joins duty – no alternative ?!!

EDUCATION & CORRUPTION: Armed with HC order, registrar joins duty – no alternative, smoke without fire ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Siliguri, May 17: North Bengal University registrar Dilip Sarkar, who was suspended by the vice-chancellor for alleged embezzlement of funds of Rs 1.5 crore, today joined duty following a stay order from Calcutta High Court.

“I had filed a petition in the high court on April 16 against my suspension saying since the varsity’s executive council is my appointing authority, the EC alone can suspend or take disciplinary action against me by adopting a resolution. The council can empower an individual (usually the registrar since he is the EC secretary) to implement its decisions. However, no such resolution was adopted for my suspension and the order was given by the vice-chancellor (Arunabha Basumajumdar) alone,” Sarkar said in his office.

On May 13, Justice Anniruddha Bose of the high court stayed Sarkar’s suspension for the alleged misappropriation of funds from the varsity’s confidential account while he was holding the post of the controller of examinations.

“The high court ruled that the suspension has been done outside jurisdiction and directed that I be reinstated with honour with effect from May 13. I am happy to resume my duties today and have in written informed the vice-chancellor,” Sarkar added.

The judge also restrained Sarkar from handling documents with the department of controller of examinations till further order, sources said.

When Sarkar arrived at the administrative building, around 50 employees, officials and students welcomed him with flowers. Congress and Trinamul Congress supporters demonstrated outside the building demanding a CBI probe.

Basumajumdar was not available for comments. The vice-chancellor was “suffering from ailment” and was on leave today, one of his aides said.

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