The former vice-chancellor and registrar of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University are under the scanner for their association with Anil Ojha, the accused in the murder of a student leader of the institution.
Ojha is accused of killing Chhatra JD(U) leader Mohammad Shamim on August 1 in the university. Chief minister Nitish Kumar had directed district magistrate Anupam Kumar and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Saurav Kumar to solve the case as soon as possible.
The police are yet to catch Ojha. But the economic offences wing has been engaged to attach his property to force Ojha to surrender.
City superintendent of police (SP) Kumar Akley on Sunday said: We have initiated the process of seizing his property to force him to surrender. Ojha is wanted in several cases of loot, extortion and kidnapping. We have lodged cases against him at Kazi Mohammadpur, Sadar, Town and Maniyari police stations.
Muzaffarpur zonal inspector-general Pankaj Darad has ordered SSP Saurav to open all pending cases against Ojha.
In 2009, he was convicted for the murder of his uncle Dilip Ojha but he moved the high court. The case is sub judice. He is also facing eight other cases of extortion and loot and was also accused of threatening inspector of colleges Rajendra Mahto.
Sources said despite his criminal antecedents, Ojha had bagged a number of deals during the tenure of former vice-chancellor Bimal Kumar and former registrar AKP Mishra. He grabbed a number of contacts in 2011 and 2012 and used to call the shots in the engineering cell and examination department, a university official, who did not want to be named, said.
Ojha had also got the tenders for constructing the community hall and auditorium of the university. His criminal antecedents were not unknown then. The police have sought all details of the contracts awarded to Ojha from registrar Vivekanand Shukla.
SSP Saurav has requested vice-chancellor Ravi Kumar to cancel all the contracts. Saurav said the police have requested the court to take three other suspects in the case Sanjay Paswan, Babun Dev and Roshan Lal in remand.