| CMJ University |
Shillong, Sept. 18: CMJ University chancellor Chandra Mohan Jha today appeared before the Meghalaya police, several months after serious allegations were levelled against the private university.
Jha turned up at the Sadar police station here around 2.30pm, and appeared before investigating officer S. Thamar.
Police sources said Jha has to appear at the CID police station tomorrow morning.
This was the first time that Jha made an appearance before the police since serious allegations against the university were levelled by then governor R.S. Mooshahary.
The former governor had alleged that there had been “mismanagement, mal-administration, indiscipline and failure” in accomplishing the objectives of the university.
Mooshahary, who was also the visitor to the private university, had lodged an FIR against it on April 26.
Subsequently, a police case was registered with the CID police station (Case No. 2 (4) 2013 under Sections 420/406/466 IPC).
However, Jha refused to speak to media personnel who had assembled outside the city hotel he has put up in, but sent word through his lawyers that he would be addressing the press in the next few days.
While the media could not get a word from Jha, CMJ Foundation advocate S.P. Sharma said the process of taking statements from the chancellor in relation to the case had begun from today.
The CMJ Foundation is the sponsoring body of the university.
Sharma said Jha had received anticipatory bail from the Supreme Court on July 19.
“On Monday, Jha’s bail petition was listed but the court disposed it off by asking him to appear before the investigating officer on September 20,” the advocate said, adding that Jha was “not required to be arrested, but only required to report”.
The Meghalaya government is yet to issue any show cause notice to the CMJ University following the apex court’s order which was passed on Friday, Sharma said.
“We feel that ends of justice will be served by directing the state government to take appropriate action under Section 48 of the (CMJ University) Act, 2009 after giving notice and reasonable opportunity of hearing to the petitioners,” the apex court had said while disposing of the special leave petitions filed by Jha, CMJ University and CMJ Foundation.
“The special leave petitions are accordingly disposed of with a direction that within three months from today, the state government shall, after giving an opportunity to the petitioners to show cause against the action proposed to be taken, pass a speaking order under Section 48 of the 2009 Act,” the court further ordered.
At the same time, the court asked the government to take action on the recommendations made by Mooshahary under Section 48 of the act.
“The state government is accordingly being addressed to consider dissolution of the CMJ University in terms of Section 48 of the CMJ University Act, 2009,” Mooshahary had stated in a letter written to the government on June 12, 2013.
Section 48 (2) of the CMJ Act, 2009 says: “On identification of mismanagement, maladministration, indiscipline, failure in the accomplishment of the objectives of the university and economic hardships in the management systems of the university, the state government will issue directions to the management system of the university. If the decisions are not followed within such time as may be prescribed, the right to take a decision for winding up of the university would vest in the state government.”
Sharma said the university was ready to comply with any of the directives to be issued by the government. “While we are yet to receive any notice from the government, necessary corrective measures will be taken as per the directives to be issued,” the advocate said.
The apex court, in its order, stated that the students, whose admissions and degrees were declared illegal, might also make a representation to the state government and seek an opportunity of hearing from it. The request made by them shall be sympathetically considered by the state government, the order added.