Staff Reporter

"University not interfering with court stay order"

MADURAI: The Madurai Kamaraj University has decided to initiate departmental enquiry against R. Jayaraman of the Department of Entrepreneurship Studies, against whom various `irregularities' have been alleged.

University officials said here on Tuesday that the proceedings would start soon and the faculty member would be asked to appear in person.

Already, the Syndicate, on August 25, decided to remove him from the headship of the Department of Entrepreneurship Studies and also not to grant sabbatical leave to Dr. Jayaraman.

The Syndicate also withdrew permission to the faculty member to act as Member-Secretary of Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) with immediate effect. Authorities said the university was not interfering with the stay order of the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, which restrained the varsity from interfering with the CED affairs.

"Departmental enquiry is within the campus and the university can look into any irregularity against erring staff," officials said.

Responding to the Syndicate decision, Dr. Jayaraman said, "The university is not following the established procedures and the decisions taken are arbitrary."

"Audit objections cannot be called as financial irregularity. In fact, every department in the university has got audit objections and I am alone being targeted," he said.

He maintained that every decision of his was taken after clearance given by the then Vice-Chancellors and Syndicate approvals and hence the decisions taken now were nothing but arbitrary.