Even nearly four months after Punjab Technical University (PTU) vice-chancellor Rajneesh Arora and registrar HS Bains came to know about Gugnani brothers' alleged malpractice of charging money from students to get them passed in exams, the university authorities still preferred to "engage" them in getting exams of distance education courses conducted throughout India except Punjab, HT inquiries revealed.
In a joint press conference with Kapurthala SSP Inderbir Singh recently, Arora had claimed that they had received complaints against Ajesh Gugnani and Sanjeev Gugnani, promoters of one of PTU's regional centers Matrix Infosys, on promising to get students passed in exams in lieu of money. "Subsequently, NP Singh, then dean (distance education) was suspended in May while complaints were later referred to the police, which finally registered a case against them," Arora had said. The VC had alleged that mafia had high jacked university's examination system.
Contrary to Arora's claims, the deputy controller of examination Amanpreet Singh in his August 9 communiqué (Hindustan Times is in possession of the letter) to Delhi based Urvi Computers, a PTU regional centre covering Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh learning centers and promoted by Gugnani brothers, said that the competent authority had approved their company's name for appointment as nodal centre to ensure all logistic support for getting September 2012 examinations conducted throughout India except Punjab.
"The nodal centre will ensure supply of answer sheets and other examination material to all examination centers except in Punjab as per requirements and schedule of September 2012 examinations," Singh said, adding suitable charges would be paid to nodal centre as per norms.
Interestingly, university authorities' level of trust and mutual understanding with Gugnani borthers could be gauged from the fact that Rs 15 lakhs were transferred as advance in their bank account in August while accepting their written request for the same.
On the other hand, the PTU authorities again chose August 9 to "unilaterally" amend the pact signed with Matrix Infosys to restrict its jurisdiction to Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar while removing West Bengal, Northern Eastern states, Nepal and Bangladesh from its ambit in violation of the prescribed terms. The high court later quashed that order.
In September, as many as 69920 students, however, participated in the exams at 328 examination centers across the country under the logistic support of Gugnani brothers.
"We had an excellent record of conducting exams in different parts of the country for the past over eight years and the same was acknowledged by the PTU in the past. We used to even supply question papers to all examination centers and to later collect answer sheets as well on behalf of the university till the norms were changed to start online supply of the question papers. We have been framed in false FIR by Arora and Bains just to teach the dean a lesson," Ajesh Gugnani told Hindustan Times over phone.
Arora and Bains were not available for comments while public relations officer Rajneesh Sharma said he would soon get back on the issue after consulting the two.
Questions raised in whole controversy
Why PTU VC didn't mention alleged connivance of the dean NP Singh with Gugnani brothers in examination racket in Singh's suspension letter issued in May and then in charge sheet issued on July 18?
Why no show cause notice was served on Matrix Infosys till date to seek its explanation on making false promises to get students passed in lieu of money after receiving complaints/information in this regard?
Why the PTU didn't seek explanation of its staffers deployed in examination branch to ascertain modus operandi in getting academically poor students pass the exams till date?
Why Kapurthala Police preferred not to record statements of university's staffers engaged in examination and secrecy branch till date despite claiming to have busted an examination racket after month long inquiry?
Why Gugnani brothers were again hired for logistic supports in getting exams conducted in September?