Biswanath Singh Institute of Legal Studies, Munger, which hit the headlines following a controversy over the degree issued to former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar, may have to face the music and even lose its affiliation to the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU). Controversy over the degree issued to former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar has snowballed into a major issue.
The internal inquiry being conducted by a five- member committee, set by TMBU, has stumbled upon serious irregularities, including tampering with the tabulation register, violation of admission norms and various other lapses, which could have benefited hundreds of students through devious means.
Though the committee, headed by TMBU pro-VC AK Roy, is yet to submit its report, sources said as per initial indications, it could lead to serious trouble for the only affiliated law college under TMBU. “What is more, hundreds of beneficiaries from the institution would also come under the scanner,” they added.
TMBU VC RS Dubey told HT on Sunday that the committee was meticulously examining the goings on in the college, set up in 1992. Sources said there was already strong evidence of lapses in awarding degrees even to many ghost students from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, etc, in the past.
“There is certainly evidence of irregularities and the committee is collecting documentary proof for the goings on. The problem is that many of the documents are missing. Once the committee submits its report, the university will take action in that light. If it warrants disaffiliation, that would also happen,” the VC added.
Referring to Tomar case, Dubey said the matter was in court and the Hauz Khas police had taken the degree awarded to Tomar as well as other relevant records.
“Many relevant papers of the final tabulation register of LLB part-3 have gone missing. The migration certificate of Tomar was issued from Budelkhand University, but on inquiry it could not be corroborated. Yet, the degree was issued in 2012, which raises doubts of serious irregularities and complicity of some insiders,” he added.
A senior official of the university said, the backdated registration of Tomar was a pointer to the way the college had been running. “Initially, it had no cap on intake. It had just temporary affiliation in the initial years, but later it got permanent affiliation. How it happened, nobody knows, even as the college kept on awarding university degrees,” he added.
Dubey said the matter pertained to a period when he was not at the helm of affairs. “We have, therefore, started taking precautionary measures now and asked all the affiliated colleges to stick to the norms laid down under the Bihar state universities’ Act. Besides, our effort is to get to the bottom of the matter to establish as to for how long it had been going on, who all benefited from it and who all connived for it,” he added.
The VC said following the recommendations of the committee, further action would be initiated. “On our part, we are treading cautiously. We have given advertisement about disaffiliation of three affiliated institutions for the information of general public, as it has come to light that some institutions continue to take admission even after disaffiliation,” he added.