Punjabi University lecturer caught taking bribe, more under scanner

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2015 21:33 IST

A host of employees of Punjabi University here have come under the scanner of the vigilance bureau following the arrest of an assistant professor of University College, Ghanaur yesterday in a bribery case.

The VB sleuths while seeking the police remand of the accused Armaan Kumar Rajpoot told the local court that there are several others in the university allegedly involved in a "cash for result" scam.

A local court today remanded Rajpoot to one day of police remand. The VB had yesterday arrested Rajpoot for taking a bribe of `20,000 from a resident of Urban Estate in the city on Thursday. The accused is a resident of Old Bishan Nagar, Patiala, and works as a lecturer in University College, Ghanaur. His father Rajesh Kumar works as superintendent of registrar of university.

According to the vigilance department, Harkawaljeet Singh, a resident of Malerkotla, filed a complaint against Armaan for demanding `20,000 to pass his sister Arshdeep Kaur, who is a student of BSc in Mohindra College and had appeared in her third semester exams.

Based on the complaint, a trap was then laid to nab the accused. The complainant called Armaan and agreed to pay him `20,000. A raid was conducted by the Patiala vigilance team at Urban Estate and the accused was arrested with the money.

VB has registered a case under sections sections 7, 8, 13(2), 88 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the accused.

A senior faculty member of university said the very basis of appointment of the accused was under a cloud as he was selected against the norms and on the wishes of the principal of University College, Ghanaur. "At that time, the registrar office had exerted pressure on the principal to 'adjust' Armaan," he said.

When contacted, registrar Prof Devinder Singh said the university has decided to sack Armaan, who was on a contractual post. He said if the role of his father or other employees came to light in the VB investigation, the university would take suitable action against them as well.

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