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22 corruption cases against university officials in 3 years: Rajasthan government

While investigations are on in 12 cases, chargesheets have either been submitted or are being prepared in four other cases, the department said in written reply to a question raised by BJP MLA Pratap Singh Singhvi

jaipur Updated: Oct 26, 2017 16:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Corruption cases,ACB,Anti-Corruption Bureau
An assistant professor of the RU’s Sanskrit department was arrested for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000 from a research scholar for clearing his fellowship fee.(HT File)

A total of 22 cases were registered against officials and faculty of Rajasthan colleges and universities by the Anti-Corruption Bureau during 2014 to 2017, state home department informed the Assembly Thursday.

While investigations are on in 12 cases, chargesheets have either been submitted or are being prepared in four other cases, the department said in written reply to a question raised by BJP MLA Pratap Singh Singhvi.

Final reports have been filed in four cases and are being prepared in two others, it said.

In the eight cases lodged with the ACB this year, six were against officials of University of Rajasthan (RU), including five against professors and employees of the University Five Year Law College, Jaipur, for allegedly taking money as guest lecturers despite being permanent employees, the home department said.

Another case was registered against an assistant professor of the RU’s Sanskrit department in May this year. The professor, Mahipal Singh Yadav, was arrested for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000 from a research scholar for clearing his fellowship fee.

Singhvi said the ACB should speed up the investigation process in the pending cases against college and university officials.

In a reply to a question about the status of a complaint, dated May 27, 2017, with the ACB against officials of the Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Rajasthan Sanskrit University, about the appointment of teachers in the university’s yoga department, home department in its reply, said the complaint after being examined by the ACB, was sent to the Governor, the chancellor of state universities.

The ACB recommended a departmental enquiry into the matter and said if it is found to be under the purview of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, the enquiry report should be sent to the bureau for further action.

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First Published: Oct 26, 2017 16:51 IST