Even three days after detecting a fraud to the tune of Rs 92 lakh in its pension cell, the Panjab University is yet to get a case registered against Pooja Bagga, a daily wage clerk, who is allegedly responsible for the rip-off.
Vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover said the process was on for getting a case registered against Bagga. “We will send the complaint as soon as possible,” said the V-C, while talking to mediapersons.
“We haven’t yet completed the internal inquiry. The police probe can take place simultaneously. Nothing will be hidden and Media will be kept informed. There is no scope of speculation.”
He said the total amount pilfered could be more than Rs 92 lakh as scrutiny was still on.
FIVE-MEMBER PROBE COMMITTEE
A five-member committee headed by retired accountant general Amrik Singh Bhatia would investigate the extent of misappropriation of funds. The panel will scrutinize the records of the pension section of PU.
Other members of the panel are ex-registrar (additional charge) BL Gupta; besides Prof Karamjit Singh and Prof Sanjay Kaushik of the University Business School. Deputy registrar (establishment) would be the convener.
The committee would also try to find out the involvement of other employees in the rip-off. It will also point out the loopholes and suggest suitable measures to plug them.