Staff Reporter

Forum not happy with report submitted by independent panel

NEW DELHI: The Delhi University Forum for Accountability and Democratisation has demanded a comprehensive impartial inquiry into alleged administrative and financial irregularities caused by the Principal and the Governing Body of Ramjas College of Delhi University.

The Forum, an organisation of students, teachers, karamcharis and University alumni set up a year ago, is dissatisfied with the report of an independent committee that investigated the charges levelled by its members.

On the basis of information collected through the Right to Information Act, the Forum had approached Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental and later University Grants Commission chairman S.K. Thorat last year and handed over a list of financial and administrative lapses on the part of the Governing Body and Principal Rajendra Prasad. The Governing Body constituted a fact-finding committee under Justice S.N. Sapra to look into these charges that submitted its report in June this year.

Refuting all allegations of any kind, Dr. Prasad asked: “If the Forum had so many charges, why did they not take part in the Sapra Committee?”

To which, Forum member Ekta Laskar told reporters on Tuesday that they did not participate in the inquiry as it was only an eyewash.

“The allegations were against the Governing Body and the Principal. How can the Governing Body decide to set up a committee to look into charges against themselves? You can’t be a judge in your own case,” she commented.

Among the various allegations, the Forum brought out the issue of bungling in admissions between 1985 and 2005. Dr. Prasad maintained that a committee inquiring into the matter had indicted a karamchari who later confessed to his wrongdoing and sought voluntary retirement.

The Forum pointed out different cases alleging appointment frauds, misdemeanours in the Provident Fund and discrimination on matters of extension of services of teachers in the college, all of which were vehemently denied by Dr. Prasad.