Former Mumbai University pro V-C steps up fight against Rajan Welukar

  • Apoorva Puranik, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2015 17:23 IST

Former pro vice-chancellor of Mumbai university (MU) AD Sawant has filed a revision application in the sessions court challenging the dismissal of an earlier criminal complaint filed against Rajan Welukar and members of the search committee by a metropolitan magistrate court.

This comes days after the Welukar resumed his duties as vice-chancellor (V-C).

The application is expected to be heard on Wednesday.

The revision application states that “the impugned order passed by the learned magistrate is absolutely improper and without justifiable reasons”.

The complaint made to the magistrate in 2013 had demanded a trial under sections 409 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery) and 120-B (conspiracy) against the search committee that recommended Welukar for the post V-C.

Sawant also made representations to governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and the principal secretary of higher and technical education Sanjay Chahande asking for an inquiry into his appointment.

“I have also demanded an inquiry into the conspiracy surrounding Welukar’s appointment. The Supreme Court and the chancellor have been misled by Welukar to resume office,” said Sawant.

Sawant, who had, along with two other, filed a petition challenging Welukar’s appointment, accused the search committee of deliberately not verifying Welukar’s qualifications.

In the criminal complaint, Sawant said the committee comprising JS Saharia, Ashok Kolaskar and Padmabhan Balram “had mala fide intention to give criminal aid to Welukar”.

University officials refused to comment on the revision application. However, an official said on the condition of anonymity, “The petitioners are trying to find every loophole possible. The governor exercised his constitutional right in asking Welukar to resume office and the magistrate’s court also dismissed the criminal complaint as there are no grounds for it.”

Thane-based social activist Suresh Patilkhede, who had filed a petition in the high court against the selection process for the appointment of the Pune University’s vice-chancellor, has also written to the governor asking him to reconsider his order allowing Welukar to resume his duties as V-C.

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