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Police grill NU VC, Registrar
Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 Jan. 2010 12:32 AM IST
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Both the Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the Nagaland University were reportedly grilled recently by a team of state police for alleged corruption and mismanagement of funds in the university. The police Investigation Official (IO) had reportedly taken the statement of both the Vice Chancellor Prof. K. Kannan and Registrar Dr. P. H. Nath recently after several failed attempts since both the NU officials were out of station almost every time. Since the NU VC had shifted his office to Lumami after mounting pressure, the IO and his team was said to have made several trips to Lumami to take his statement but without any success. Similar was the case of the Registrar who was found almost out of station. It may be mentioned that the NU had filed an FIR against the Nagaland University Teachers’ Association and Nagaland University Non Teaching Staff Association for obstructing the VC and Registrar from attending to their official duty. The FIR which was filed by the Registrar named NUTA leaders including Rosemary Dzuvichu, Dr. N. Venuh, Dr. G. T. Thong and NUNSTA president Medo Chira. However, the university latter withdrew the name of the NUNSTA President. In a separate counter FIR, NUTA had filed an FIR against Vice Chancellor Prof. K. Kannan and Registrar Dr. P. H. Nath for their alleged corrupt practices and financial mismanagement. The NUTA in their FIR alleged both the VC and Registrar of indulging in taking bribes both in cash and kind from contractors for awarding contract works. It was also alleged that the Registrar had received several Laptops from a contractor in lieu of awarding contract works. While the investigation against the Vice Chancellor and Registrar is in progress, the investigation against the NUTA official was yet to set. It was learnt that the investigation was moving at a snail’s pace due to apprehensions of putting the functioning of the university to a grinding halt and also setting off another agitation thereby affecting the students. It was learnt that the cases registered against the accused in both cases were of “culpable offence” and liable to be arrested and detained. Meanwhile, the main office of the Nagaland University at Kohima has been reduced to almost an outpost like situation with most of the employees not attending office. “We come and go at our own timing,” said a member of the non-teaching staff. He also revealed that since both the Vice Chancellor and Registrar were out of station almost all the time, the files were being processed from outside the office wherever the VC and Registrar were stationed. Even as the police investigation into the various allegations and counter allegations against the VC, Registrar and the university non-teaching staff continued, the former two were said to be almost out of station every time.

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