The row over selection of persons for honorary doctorate of Karnatak University, Dharwad, took a new turn with a Syndicate member alleging that the varsity had selected a “tainted” person from Belgaum.

Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, Jayant K.S. alleged that businessman Anand Appugol, who is among the six persons selected for the honorary doctorate, was facing criminal charges.

He said he had written to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Union Minister for Labour and Employment M. Mallikarjun Kharge, appealing to them not to accept the honorary doctorate along with such a person.

Mr. Jayant said the State Credit Cooperative Federation had filed a criminal case against Mr. Appugol, alleging he was involved in misappropriation of funds to the tune of several crores of rupees.

The funds misappropriation, he alleged, took place during Mr. Appugol’s term as chairman of Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Credit Cooperative Society. A case had been filed against him at the third JMFC court in Belgaum in September 2012 and trials were going on. “Conferring honorary doctorates on such people is highly condemnable,” he said.

Mr. Appugol’s name was not proposed during the first Syndicate meeting. However, his name was unilaterally declared during the special Syndicate meeting. “This act of Walikar [Vice-Chancellor] shows his dictatorial attitude,” he alleged.

Mr. Jayant said the university should reconsider its decision and confer honorary doctorate on people with clean character. Mr. Jayant said he had filed a dissent note at the Syndicate meeting held on February 7 and forwarded the copy to Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Governor H.R. Bhardwaj.

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