The special investigation team (SIT), investigating the Bihar Agriculture University (BAU) job scam, will soon verify testimonials of candidates who were appointed as assistant professor-cum-junior scientists.
Bhagalpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manoj Kumar said the SIT had already served notices on nine university employees who were either appointed assistant professors, or were involved in the appointment process. The SIT is likely to send notices to newly appointed assistant professors posted outside the BAU headquarters, besides those involved in the selection process as experts, in the next couple of days, the SSP added.
The SIT is probing the alleged irregularities in the appointment of 161 assistant professors in 2012 when ML Chowdhury was the vice chancellor of BAU. An FIR was lodged against Chowdhury on February 21 after an inquiry committee headed by retired Patna high court judge, justice Syed Mohammed Mahfooz Alam, indicted him for irregularities in appointments.
Chowdhury, who was elected MLA from Tarapur in Munger district on JD(U) ticket, has since been suspended by the party.
SIT sources said it had prepared a questionnaire for persons it intended to interrogate. Separate questionnaires had been prepared for those appointed as assistant professor and those who were part of the selection process, they added. The sources did not rule out the possibility of interrogating the former VC in due course.
The sources said the SIT was initially focusing the investigation around cases in which overwriting had been detected in final result.
Meanwhile, the anticipatory bail petition of Choudhury came up for hearing in the court of sixth additional judicial judge (ADJ) Rakesh Malaviya on Wednesday. Choudhury’s lawyer Jawahar Prasad said the judge adjourned the hearing till Thursday after directing the police to submit the case diary.