The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court has directed the police to probe allegations that the Nagpur University vice chancellor Vilas Sapkal had submitted forged documents to secure the post.
Justice Arun Chaudhari and justice Avinash Lavande on Wednesday asked the Nagpur police commissioner to probe the matter in four weeks and report to them.
Sunilkumar Mishra, former chairman of the board of mass communication studies at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, had filed a plea in the court on the matter.
HT first reported the issue in September 2011, when Mishra had lodged a complaint against Sapkal with the Malabar Hill police because the Raj Bhavan comes under its jurisdiction and the governor is in charge of all universities in the state. Mishra later moved the court.
In the complaint, Mishra alleged that Sapkal, 52, had forged information while applying for the post. He has also named officials in the chancellor’s office as co-accused.
The Mumbai police had passed on the complaint to Nagpur, from where it was sent to the state government without being investigated.
Sapkal, a chemistry professor, took charge as the vice chancellor in September 2010.
Mishra, who challenged the guidelines for appointing VCs in the state, sought information on Sapkal’s appointment, but the governor’s office in Mumbai University, Nagpur University and Amravati University, where Sapkal worked last, did not give him a copy of the document to prove Sapkal’s claim that he worked at the Mumbai-based Ion Exchange (India) Ltd as a chemical engineer between 1987 and 1988.
Mishra’s petition also alleged that apart from his stint at Ion Exchange, Sapkal has also lied about his job as a technical
director in the Mumbai office of Sartorious AG, a German biotech company.