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No chance of compromise with Ahluwalia: Makkar

punjab Updated: Aug 31, 2012 19:28 IST
Vishal Rambani

Armed with the auditors' interim report, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president and Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University chancellor Avtar Singh Makkar has ruled out a compromise with suspended vice-chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia.

The report has indicated embezzlement of crores of rupees during Ahluwalia's tenure as V-C of the Fatehgarh Sahib-based university, which is run by the SGPC.

Ahluwalia had earlier petitioned the Punjab and Haryana high court, challenging the action against him. Later, he offered to resign, provided the university management quashed all inquiries pending against him.

"There is no question of a compromise with such corrupt persons. He has to face the music for embezzling golak money (offerings)," Makkar told HT. Refusing to give details since the case is sub judice, Makkar said, "We have concrete evidence and we will also approach the police, if required."

"After asking for a CBI probe, why is he (Ahluwalia) now talking about a compromise? It clearly shows who is corrupt," Makkar said.

"Let me clarify that the SGPC chief is the custodian of golak money. We will make him accountable for its misuse," Makkar said, adding that the SGPC would reveal Ahluwalia's "misdeeds" before the court on the next date of hearing, September 5.

Ahluwalia, who had taken over as vice-chancellor of the university on June 6, 2008, was placed under suspension on July 31 over financial irregularities and other charges.

After approaching the court against his suspension, Ahluwalia is now keen to withdraw the petition on the condition that if he is provided all retirement benefits and all pending inquiries against him are closed.

In his petition, Ahluwalia said he was suspended because he had refused to obey Makkar's order on filing a favourable reply in the HC to a public interest litigation challenging 92 appointments made by then acting V-C Gurnek Singh. The latter was at the helm of affairs when Ahluwalia was on leave after being injured in an attack in 2011.

Meanwhile, the auditors hired by the SGPC would submit their final report by September 4 so that it can be produced in the court.