WITH THE passport controversy getting murkier day by day, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has geared up to decide the fate of its chief security officer Alok Verma.
Verma was a sub-inspector with the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) and later went on deputation as CSO, IIT-Kanpur. But his underhand dealings followed him when the faculty and students sent e-mails to President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam exposing the monetary demand they had to face to get passports.
The IIT mandarins are likely to meet shortly and decide whether Verma be allowed to continue as CSO or not, especially as an FIR has been lodged against him with the Kalyanpur police.
Interestingly, Verma had got the post of CSO after a recommendation from the IIT itself. When contacted, Director of the Institute Prof Sanjay Dhande said, “Whatever is best for the institute will be done and if necessary, action will be taken against the chief security officer.”
On the other hand, sources in the anti-corruption cell said several more officials of LIU and the regional passport office were likely to fall in the net.
These men, sources said, had violated the norms in getting passports issued to intelligent students, extraordinary personalities and sports personalities. The name of a broker in Lucknow also figured in this passport racket, they said.
Earlier, due to resentment at paying extra amount and not getting passport in time, IIT-K students had e-mailed the President of India. Subsequently, SSP PC Meena had probed the matter and when the inquiry was concluded, some startling facts were revealed.
Soon after getting the charge to probe the passport racket in IIT-K, sleuths of the anti-corruption cell had contacted most of the students who were abroad or on summer vacations, through e-mail. The students exposed the corruption on IIT-K premises and IITians endorsed that they were issued passport after a period of two or three years.
A cop in the anti corruption cell said, “The five persons, including chief security officer Alok Verma, against whom a case has been registered at Kalyanpur police station, have earned lakhs of rupees from IIT-K students and instead of conducting inquiry in 20 days as per government rule, these LIU sleuths took two or three years in conducting the inquiry.”
The accused LIU sleuths deliberately delayed the process of inquiry and made a fast buck by harassing the students. On Tuesday, following an inquiry by the anti-corruption department sleuths, four persons from the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) and a postman at IIT-K were found guilty and a case against all five of them was registered at Kalyanpur police station on Wednesday.