Inquiry commission set up by the Chancellor submits report

A commission of inquiry constituted by the Chancellor of Universities in Karnataka has found that H. Maheshappa, Vice-Chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), had obtained first class with 61 per cent marks in his B.E. degree.

This information was given to a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna of the Karnataka High Court on Thursday during the hearing of an appeal, filed by H.N. Jagannatha Reddy and Prasad Raya Patty, challenging the dismissal of their petition by a single judge regarding their removal from VTU’s Executive Council.

61 per cent marks

Senior counsel Udaya Holla, who appeared for the Chancellor, informed the Bench that the commission had submitted the inquiry report stating that Mr. Maheshappa had obtained first class with 61 per cent marks in B.E. degree.

During the last hearing on the appeal on November 27, the court had asked Mr. Holla to inform about the action taken by the Chancellor on the complaint that Mr. Maheshappa had falsely claimed that he had secured first class in B.E. Mr. Holla had said the Governor had constituted a commission and its report was awaited.

When the matter came up for hearing again, Mr. Holla said the commission had submitted the report holding that Mr. Maheshappa had secured 61 per cent marks.

The Governor, who is the Chancellor, had in February appointed Abhay Gohil, a retired judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, as a one-man commission to inquire into the allegation and set a three-month deadline to submit the report. The commission was also asked to suggest steps to be taken while appointing the Vice-Chancellor to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

Meanwhile, the court asked the VTU not to hold the meeting for selection of Registrar (Administration) and Registrar (Evaluation) till the Chancellor revisited the issue of these two members from the council.