KARNATAKA

CBI allowed to probe irregularities in health varsity

Staff Correspondent

Allegations relate to conduct of PG Entrance test, 2006

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy referred the allegations to the CBI in April 2006Vice-Chancellor, other university officials responsible should resign, says ABVP

Bidar: The State Government has permitted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to inquire into alleged irregularities in the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.

The Government has also accepted the CBI's request for permission to register and investigate a criminal case against Vice-Chancellor P.S. Prabhakaran, Registrar V.I. Hukkeri, some other university officials and private individuals.

Following allegations of irregularities in the conduct of the university's Postgraduate Entrance Test (PGET), 2006, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy referred the matter to the CBI in April 2006.

Preliminary inquiry

A preliminary inquiry into the allegations revealed that the Vice-Chancellor and other officials had committed cognisable offences punishable under Sections 120-B and 420 of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. It is essential to register criminal cases against them to conduct a detailed investigation.

A separate notification should be issued by the Government to accord permission to register and investigate criminal cases, said a letter from the Superintendent of Police of the CBI's Anti-Corruption Branch in Bangalore. The Government has given permission in reply to this letter.

Prabhudev Kapagal, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad State general secretary, said the CBI's preliminary inquiry had shown that the Vice-Chancellor and other officials of the university were involved in irregularities. They should resign on moral grounds, he demanded.

"In last year's PGET, candidates who needed more than one attempt to clear the MBBS degree or those who had cleared their MBBS degree in pass class got very good marks. In fact, many such candidates got ranks below 200. This clearly shows that there were irregularities in the test. The CBI's preliminary inquiry has proved that. The university also set up an inquiry committee headed by Anjan Kumar to look into the issue. Based on this committee's recommendations, the State Government suspended Mr. Hukkeri. When the Government has initiated action against the Registrar, why is it letting off the Vice-Chancellor whose involvement has also been proved," Mr. Kapagal asked.

`Collecting evidence'

CBI sources, when contacted, said, "We are collecting evidence. The law will take its own course."

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