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NUTA demands fresh CBI probe
DIMAPUR, JUL 18 (NPN):
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Published on 19 Jul. 2010 12:19 AM IST
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Even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team which probed into the alleged irregularities and financial mismanagement in the Nagaland University gave a clean chit to the vice chancellor, Prof. K. Kannan absolving him of the various charges, the Central Executive Council (CEC) Nagaland University Teachers’ Association (NUTA) has demanded for a fresh impartial probe into all the cases of corruption.
CEC NUTA said that the CBI had enjoyed the hospitality of the University during their three visits at the time of inquiry which was against CBI’s own standing rules against use of hospitality and vehicles of organizations under investigation. CEC NUTA president, Rosemay Dzuvichu and general secretary, Dr. N. Venuh in a joint statement said it had earlier reiterated the demand for a fresh CBI probe during its meeting with the president of India, Visitor, Nagaland University, MHRD minister and CBI director in March 2010.
NUTA said that the CBI team from the EOW, Kolkata was found being entertained by the VC Prof. Kannan with sightseeing picnic at Kisama, Khonoma and Mezoma in the midst of the CBI investigation during March 2009. It was stated that the CBI team visited the state in March, September and November 2009 and enjoyed the hospitality of the University and the Vice Chancellor under scanner and were provided University vehicles.
The teachers said that the CBI team was hosted by Prof. Kannan for many days in November 2009 at the University Guest House, Lumami, where VC himself was staying, when all relevant files and documents were at the Kohima office. The NUTA questioned as to what kind of investigation was being done at Lumami, when the main university office, staff and all files were still at the Kohima office.
NUTA said it had, therefore, rejected the “biased and false CBI Report.”
It was further stated that the CBI report was submitted to the Vice Chancellor in March 2010, by the CBI Kolkata, in “serious violation” of investigation rules, as Prof. Kannan himself was under investigation for the one crore fifty nine lakh supply of equipments to School of Engineering and Management, Dimapur, when he illegally held the post of Finance Officer of the University for more than one year.
NUTA said that the CBI Report was initially not submitted to the MHRD but to the VC under investigation, which it added was “highly objectionable” and “strongly questioned” by the CBI’s own Director Ashwini Kumar. NUTA claimed that the CBI director was shocked that the CBI report was submitted to the VC under investigation and not the authority that had directed for the CBI Inquiry.
NUTA said that the “false” CBI report did not take into cognizance documentary evidence submitted by the NUTA procured under RTI Act from the University itself, which proved that the VC had procured equipments worth crores, without floating mandatory tenders and in serious violation of financial codal procedures.
NUTA said the Investigating team had failed to take into cognizance two reports of the University’s own Inquiry Committees, that have indicted the Controller of Examination Tongpang Ao of embezzlement of funds from the Prime Minister’s Package, while being posted as OSD, NU, Lumami.
It accused the CBI of “falsely” covering up the case of former Registrar Thejao Vihienuo and fake Printing Presses and financial irregularities, including the fake certificate case involving the present assistant registrar Bendang Ao, citing irrelevant reasons like difficulty in remembering, when the two officers under investigation were still in office, during the period of the CBI Inquiry.
NUTA said these were the terms of reference for investigation by the President of India, who directed the CBI Inquiry into the University, based on prima facie evidence.
Therefore, NUTA questioned the decision of the VC in reinstating Tongpang Ao as Controller of Examination in March 2010, when clear directives had been issued by the President of India on divesting him of authority, based on FFC Report. It also questioned the VC on allowing Bendang Ao to continue in the capacity of DDO of NU till date at Lumami, when the demand has been placed by the NUTA for a fresh, impartial probe to the President of India, citing hard evidence.
NUTA further questioned the credibility of the government of Nagaland in recruiting and appointing former NU Registrar, Thejao Vihienuo to the chief post in RMSA, when there was a standing demand placed for a fresh CBI probe by the Association.
The university teachers claimed that the CBI Report had also drawn the attention of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, as there were glaring loopholes in the CBI investigation report, as discussed in the June meeting with top MHRD officials. NUTA said, therefore, none of the mentioned University officials have been cleared of corruption by the President of India till date, who had directed for the CBI Inquiry based on the Face Finding Committee Report on Nagaland University.
NUTA has demanded for a fresh impartial probe into all these cases of corruption and that no officer be allowed to remain in office, including the VC during the period of inquiry, as per government rules.
NUTA said that the failure to send all officers under CBI scanner on leave from office, had resulted in a false and biased report, continuous harassment and vendetta on NUTA officials and the teaching community, leading to illegal suspensions of the CEC NUTA leaders in November 2009 by the “vindictive and corrupt” VC Prof. Kannan. NUTA said that its demand for justice and a fresh CBI probe in all these cases had been placed before the visitor, the president of India.

 
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