MINISTER OF State for Higher Education Ramasrey Vishwakarma on Friday said an inquiry would soon be instituted against Lucknow University vice-chancellor Prof RP Singh for his alleged involvement in various financial and administrative irregularities.
Denying reports that a probe against Prof Singh had already been instituted, the minister clarified that the power to set up an inquiry against any vice-chancellor under Section 8 of the State Universities Act was vested in the Cabinet minister for higher education. As he was only a state minister, he was not competent to order an inquiry.
“The House has unanimously passed a resolution authorising the chief minister to take measures to resolve the crisis in the Lucknow University.
Now only the CM can take a decision related to the Lucknow university affairs by virtue of being Cabinet Minister for Higher Education,” he said.
Talking to Hindustan Times here on Friday, the minister, however, claimed that a number of complaints against Prof Singh were pending in his office in which Singh had been accused of violating norms besides other administrative and financial irregularities.
Vishwakarma underlined the need for an inquiry saying he would talk to the Chief Minister in this regard.
Criticising the vice-chancellor, Vishwakarma said he had urged Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey to summon Prof Singh to the House for his remarks on the House and legislators.
The minister accused the vice-chancellor of contempt of the House and said the Speaker should seek a clarification.