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6-member panel to examine role of varsity staff

punjab Updated: May 11, 2012 14:13 IST
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In the dock after the names of some of its officials figured in an FIR registered against a Patiala couple for duping more than 200 youth on the pretext of providing them regular jobs in Punjabi University, the university, on Thursday, set up a six-member committee to inquire into the possible involvement of its officials in the case.

The members include dean (academic affairs) SS Tiwana, registrar Dr AS Chawla, director (planning and monitoring) Devinder Singh, director (public relations) Gurmeet Singh Mann, controller of examinations Pawan Singh and administrator (provost) Balwinder Tiwana.

Sources said the committee had asked security officer Capt Gurtej Singh to give details of outsiders using the university premises for holding various functions.

On Wednesday, a dismissed Punjab Police constable and his wife, said to be the president of the district women cell of the Congress, had been booked for fraudulently distributing joining letters to youth after allegedly interviewing them on the university campus.

As per the statements of 12 youth recorded in the first-information report (FIR), some university officials were also involved in the fraud as they were part of the panel which conducted interviews in the arts auditorium and other places.

In the afternoon, a police investigation team, along with the complainants, visited the places on the university campus where the interviews were reportedly conducted.

SP (city) Daljeet Singh Rana, who is heading the team investigating the case, said it was too early to say anything about the role of university officials in the fraud. "We are working on various possibilities and are hopeful of a breakthrough soon," said Rana.

Meanwhile, IGP Paramjeet Singh Gill conducted a special meeting of officials in the afternoon to discuss various aspects of the case.

The accused couple are still absconding.