In a dramatic turn of events, Matrix Infosys proprietor Ajesh Gugnani has alleged that Punjab Technical University (PTU) vice-chancellor Rajneesh Arora has been pursuing a "vendetta" policy since the high court summoned Arora and registrar HS Bains on a contempt of court petition lodged by him.
Talking to Hindustan Times over the phone on Friday, Gugnani, who had moved an anticipatory bail application in the court after registration of an FIR against him, said he and his brother Sanjeev Gugnani were falsely framed at Arora's behest even as Sanjeev had nothing to do with his business. "I am the sole proprietor of the firm," he said.
Gugnani said that on March 29, PTU had reappointed his firm for a period of five years to act as its regional centre for a zone comprising West Bengal, Sikkim, north-eastern states and Andaman and Nicobar Islands to run distance education courses.
Meanwhile, there began a tussle between Arora and a dean over the V-C's post. "Subsequently, an extension was granted to Arora as V-C and the formation of the board of governors also came under judicial scrutiny. The situation became worse when I was also dragged into this fight. To target the then dean, the issues concerning me were raked up unnecessarily," Gugnani alleged.
PTU restructured the pact on August 9 without following the process of natural justice, as was mandated under the terms of the pact, he further alleged.
On October 8, the HC, however, quashed the university's order and further held that the "existing arrangement", as provided for under the MoU, could not be altered without compliance of the provisions contained in the pact, Gugnani said.
Four days later, PTU issued an order directing all its learning centres not to deal with Matrix Infosys, while instructing them to directly deal with another regional centre on the ground that a show-cause notice for the termination of the MoU had already been issued to Gugnani's firm.
"Since the high court had summoned Arora and Bains to face a contempt of court petition on October 31, the two got an FIR registered against me by levelling false allegations against me that I had collected money from the learning centres, although all my actions are based on the provisions of the MoU. The Kapurthala police too acted in haste since it was beyond their territorial jurisdiction to register an FIR," said Gugnani.