The first committee meeting held in Mumbai to investigate the allegations of financial, academic and administrative irregularities against the director of Indian Institute of Management, Indore, N Ravichandran lasted for nearly five hours and the next meeting has now been scheduled on October 9.
The five-member committee formed by the ministry of human resource development includes- Jagdish Kapoor, Salil Bhandari and retired chief engineer Chugh along with two professors from IIM Bangalore and Ahmedabad.
The complainants whose allegations are being investigated have now asked why the director hasn't been asked to go on leave while the investigation is underway.
“Any government officer against whom there is such investigation has to go on leave if they hold a powerful position. There is a strong possibility of manipulation of information by him,” said one of the complainants on condition of anonymity.
When HT tried contacting the director he was not available for comment.
Jagdish Kapoor, Chairman of the committee said, “The investigation is at an early stage and it is too early to take such a drastic step. We have scheduled some more meetings in the coming months.”
He added that the deadline to submit the report was November end and the committee would try and investigate the matter within the given time frame.
Reportedly, the financial and administrative irregularities would be looked into by the chairman and Bhandari and the two professors would probe into the academic irregularity regarding the case of plagiarism against the director. Chugh would help deal with the complaints regarding construction work and tenders.
The seven teachers - PK Singh, DL Sunder, MR Sreenath, Lalitha Sreenath, S Dey, Keyur Thaker, A Kangaraj- had approached the high court, which on May 28 this year had asked the ministry to investigate the allegations and present a report within six months.
Veteran industrialist of LNJ Bhilwara Group LN Jhunjhunwala had reportedly resigned from the post of chairman of IIM- Indore following the differences with the director.
-Favoring a particular architect for construction work
-Favoritism, giving increments and bonuses to some specific faculty members and bending HR rules
-Extending probation upto 2 years for some faculty members and cutting it short for some
-Plagiarism in one of his published works on Euthanasia
-Bouncing of the cheques from the overseas campus in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and hiring a private agency to collect the fees