An interim report on the audit of Fatehgarh Sahib-based Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University has indicted suspended vice-chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia for financial irregularities to the tune of crores of rupees. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which runs the university, had on August 2 hired Chandigarh-based auditors MS Kohli Associates and Satnam Namita Associates to conduct the audit covering Ahluwalia's tenure (2008-12).
The SGPC on Monday submitted the interim report in the Punjab and Haryana high court, where Ahluwalia has filed a petition challenging his suspension. "As the matter is sub judice, I can't give you the details. But it has come to light that there was embezzlement of crores of rupees in construction work, purchase of equipment, and expenses regarding day-to-day functioning of the university," SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar told HT. He said the SGPC would submit the final report to its executive and then take the final decision.
The panel of auditors, while submitting the interim report, sought time to conduct a full-fledged audit of records. Sources said the audit report had listed irregularities in the use of funds for construction and purchase of material, wherein some inflated bills were passed.
Makkar said the SGPC's priority was to obtain recognition for the university from the University Grants Commission (UGC). "To pursue the case with the UGC, we have appointed Gurmohan Singh Walia as the new acting vice-chancellor," he said. Walia is presently working as director (education) with the SGPC.
Makkar, also the university chancellor, said Dharminder Singh, principal, Khalsa College, Patiala, had been asked to take charge of director (education) on a temporary basis. Makkar had suspended Ahluwalia last month on the charges of embezzlement of funds and mismanagement of university affairs. Ahluwalia had challenged his suspension in the high court, accusing Makkar of forcing him to justify 92 illegal appointments conducted in the university in 2011 when he (Ahluwalia) was on medical leave. "Since I refused to do his bidding, Makkar suspended me," Ahluwalia had alleged. Makkar had denied all charges levelled by the suspended vice-chancellor.