NEW DELHI: Accusing the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) of misappropriation of funds totalling Rs. 50 lakhs during the ongoing admissions process, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has demanded a probe by the Proctor into the matter. ABVP alleged that DUSU president Ragini Nayak got sponsorship cheques issued in her own name and accused her of depositing a cheque for Rs 2 lakhs in her personal account.
Ms. Nayak on her part accepted that she had received a cheque but described the issue as a political stunt ahead of the DUSU polls. She said the cheque had been deposited by her into her personal account as she had to make a payment of Rs. 2 lakhs to a printer for getting some official work done.
"Since along with DUSU president, the Union adviser and treasurer -- who is abroad -- are also supposed to sign the cheque, I decided to deposit it in my account to expedite the matters as otherwise it would have taken at least 10 days to release the payment."
Also, she claimed, what had happened was nothing new and even those levelling the allegations had indulged in similar practices in the past. The battle of words was launched by ABVP State general secretary Nakul Bhardwaj at a press conference here on Saturday. "According to the DUSU constitution, every cheque received for sponsorship should be issued in the Union's name," he said.
Mr. Bhardwajthreatened to initiate legal proceeding if the Vice-Chancellor failed to act.