Since 2007, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had alerted Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, no less than seven times about complaints against the institute officials, the same set of men now under the scanner in an on-campus fake institute case, among other allegations. The IIT acted against only one of the officials named in the CVC warnings.
This now raises questions as to whether prompt probes against others named in the communiqués could have saved the country's oldest IIT some embarrassment.
Details provided by the CVC — India's apex vigilance body — under the Right to Information Act to an activist (who desired anonymity) reveal that it had received seven complaints which it forwarded to the human resource development (HRD) ministry. HRD officials told HT the communiqués were sent to the IIT for action.
The officials named in the complaints include aerospace engineering professor Amit Kumar Ghosh, prime accused in the scam involving a fake institute run by IIT staff on the institute campus. And Ghosh is the only person who was among those named by the CVC and also subsequently faced action; he was suspended after HT exposed scam on October 20.
Others named in the CVC communiqués include former IIT Kharagpur director SK Dube and current acting registrar Tapan Kumar Ghoshal. Ghosh has accused Dube of being party to the fake institute scam — cops have since established that the fraud institute was granted accommodation on the IIT campus during Dube's tenure as director. Dube, now teaching at IIT Delhi, has, however, denied Ghosh's accusation.
Ghoshal is under the scanner for two separate irregularities. Evidence obtained by police investigating the fake institute scam reveals Ghoshal issued an illegal IIT identity card to the secretary of the fraud institute. His appointment as registrar is also under CVC scanner for alleged less qualification.
Apart from Ghosh, IIT has not probed any of the others named in the CVC warnings, institute officials conceded.