Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State general secretary Iresh Anchatageri has urged Governor H.R. Bhardwaj to order a CID probe into the alleged financial misappropriation of funds at Karnatak University, Dharwad (KUD).

In a letter to the Governor, Mr. Anchatageri alleged there had been several objections in the audit report of KUD for 2011-12. He said the audit report pointed out irregularities of upto Rs. 2 crore in various purchases made by the university. Civil work worth Rs. 26 crore had been sanctioned on the basis of sub-contracts, flouting Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements rules.

The university had also purchased report card forms at Rs. 25 a copy, spending Rs. 2 crore for the purchase, and incurred a loss of Rs. 10 lakh for printing degree certificate forms and later cancelling them.

Mr. Anchatageri pointed out there had been no action on audit objections against the university since 1957. Speaking to The Hindu , Vice-Chancellor H.B. Walikar refuted the allegations. He said audit objections were held every year and university officials replied to them.

The university has already replied to some of the audit objections and the process of replying to others was on, he asserted.

Regarding issues like the purchase of report card forms, a reply had been given and copies have been forwarded to higher officials and the Minister for Higher Education. “I am ready to face any inquiry and to produce relevant documents to the media. Some people are deliberately trying to tarnish my image,” Mr. Walikar said.

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