CBI takes cognizance, probe begins

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has initiated inquiry into the reports of irregularities in the recruitment process for the post of PRO in the Central University of Jammu (CUJ).

Although the CUJ authorities were tightlipped on the issue, but reliable sources said that a team of CBI visited the CUJ campus on June 15 and after preliminary enquiry summoned the Registrar Jit Singh to the CBI office at Bahu Plaza, Jammu.

It is learnt that the CBI is enquiring into the scam of allowing an ineligible candidate Rajan Badyal to appear in the interview for the post of PRO by the authorities of CUJ on March 30 by allegedly keeping members of the interview board in the dark about his experience and other irregularities. The media had highlighted the issue at various stages and the HRD ministry and other functionaries reportedly took serious note of the wrongdoings by the CUJ authorities.

CBI is reportedly looking into all aspects of violation of rules and regulations by the Vic-Chancellor Ashok Aima and Registrar Jit Singh by allowing Badyal to appear in the interview as he neither forwarded his application through proper channel from the Shri Mata Vaishnodevi University (SMVDU) where he is presently working and nor did he carry the No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from his employer at the time of interview which was mandatory.

There were allegations that the Registrar over-ruled objections of the junior staff and escorted him to the interview committee while the junior staff of the CUJ scrutinizing papers of the candidates had stopped him as he had failed to meet the mandatory requirements. On the other hand a day earlier the CUJ did not allow a senior functionary of the education department Nutan Resutra to appear in the interview for the post of Finance Officer and also Controller of Examination on the grounds that he was not carrying the NOC.

There were allegations that Badyal did not possess the required experience of five years which was also confirmed by his employer SMVDU which disclosed that he was appointed PRO on March 4, 2015 thereby meaning that he had experience of only one year. Prior to that he was a clerk in the SMVDU, the authorities of that university disclosed.

Sources said that it is also being investigated under what circumstances Aima allegedly tried to mislead a section of media by claiming that the SMVDU was a private university and as such Badyal was not supposed to route his application or obtain NOC from SMVDU. On the other hand, the SMVDU authorities have stressed that the university was not private but falls under the category of State University. The SMVDU said that the university is recognized under Section-2 (F) & 12 (B) of the UGC Act 1956 and it falls under the category of State University.




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