Vigilance bureau starts looking into PTU distance education scam
The noose around a few senior Punjab BJP leaders and former Punjab Technical University (PTU) vice-chancellor Rajnish Arora is likely to tighten, as the state vigilance bureau (VB) has started looking into the alleged irregularities in the awarding and functioning of distance education centres during the latter’s tenure.
The case is about the misappropriation of crores of rupees to benefit certain people. The state government has forwarded complaints about it to the vigilance bureau in Jalandhar. Sources in the bureau said that based on record of the distribution of distance education centres between 2008 and 2012, it now would summon the people alleged to be involved in the scam. “The complaints pertain to favouring people with RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsweak Sangh) background,” a senior official involved in the task told HT.
Jalandhar vigilance bureau senior superintendent of police Satinder Singh confirmed that the investigation was on. Bureau sources said Bathinda RTI (Right to Information) activist Sadhu Ram Khusla has stated in a complaint that Arora had appointed Parveen Kumar of NetIIT, his friend from his days at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, consultant without following the due procedure. “The posts of consultant were never advertised and no application was invited from public. Parveen was, later, given the task of issuing admission advertisements,” Khusla had stated in the complaint.
The state government sources said all the complaints and affidavits submitted against Arora had been clubbed. These include allegations that senior RSS and Bhatiya Janata Party leaders got the favour of securing the PTU jobs for relatives or getting financial benefits for novice companies.
As V-C till December 2014, Arora had used his clout in the BJP to stall all investigations. Sources said he did not enjoy the trust of technical education minister Madan Mohan Mittal and university board of governors chairman and chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, which might land him in trouble.