The Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal (Sangrur), has instituted an inquiry against its associate professor HS Bains’ to get charges of misconduct probed. Bains, despite being chargesheeted on May 1, had not joined back the parent department after expiry of deputation term with Punjab Technical University (PTU) so as to continue to serve as PTU registrar.
Speaking to Hindustan Times over phone, SLIET director Sunil Pandey revealed that Ajit Singh, registrar, National Institute of Technology here has been appointed as inquiry officer to probe charges of misconduct against Bains.
“Bains’ deputation term expired on February 22. He had submitted several requests, seeking extension in deputation period. The SLIET board of management did not accede to such pleas. He is being proceeded against as per the central civil services rules,” Pandey quipped.
The charge sheet, a copy of which is in possession of Hindustan Times, said that Bains was allowed to proceed on deputation with the PTU for a period of one year beginning February 22, 2010.
“It was later extended till February 22, 2013. The PTU vice chancellor Rajneesh Arora and Bains, through March 3 communiqué, were again informed about board’s decision on not extending deputation term in view of shortage of faculty. But Bains failed to report back on duty. Thus, he had violated conduct rules by not maintaining devotion to his duties, disobeyed board’s decision, indulged in acts unbecoming of an SLIET employee by violating the conduct rules,” it read.
Bains, when contacted, said that he was yet to receive any letter about institution of inquiry against him. “I will act accordingly after receipt of formal intimation,” he said.
Earlier, the PTU board of governors (BoG) headed by renowned industrialist Sunil Kant Munjal had extended Bains’ term as registrar for three years without securing permission from his parent department on extending his deputation period. Later, SLIET’s board of management headed by textile tycoon SP Oswal decided to turn down Bains’ request to extend term by one year. Oswal even telephonically informed about the decision to VC Arora during progress of the meeting.
Since Arora has been “heavily” banking upon Bains to run daily affairs of the university and to fight the legal battle against his opponents, it was unlikely that the V-C would relieve Bains at this juncture. Bains’ “detractors”, however, maintained that the post of registrar was advertised for three years only and the PTU authorities would not be in a position to “defy” the Punjab and Haryana high court ban on fresh appointments by allowing Bains to join as registrar.
Interestingly, the public interest litigation pertaining to illegal appointments made by the PTU officials is listed for hearing in the high court tomorrow.