Shillong, Sept. 22: CMJ University chancellor Chandra Mohan Jha today failed to appear before the Meghalaya CID sleuths investigating the functioning of the private institution as he left for Bihar yesterday.
According to reports, around 11am yesterday, Jha checked out of the hotel where he had been staying since September 18 after paying a bill of Rs 82,460.
“He (Jha) did not come to report today and we came to learn that he had left Shillong yesterday. But around 2pm today, we received an email from him stating that he had to rush to Bihar as his wife was ailing,” a source said.
Though Jha had been here since September 18, the police could not arrest him in view of the anticipatory bail he had received from the Supreme Court in July.
The final hearing on the bail, however, will be held on September 27.
Meghalaya police are hoping that the apex court will terminate Jha’s bail so that they will be in a position to arrest him.
Jha had been appearing before the CID sleuths from September 19 onwards for interrogation.
CMJ Foundation counsel S.P. Sharma said he had last contacted Jha on Friday.
“Yesterday, while he was still with the CID sleuths, I had sent him a letter through one of the lawyers. That was around 1.30pm,” Sharma said, without disclosing the contents of the letter.
Earlier, the apex court had asked Jha to report before the investigating officer on September 20.
On September 18, Jha made his first appearance before the police, ever since serious allegations against the university were levelled by then Meghalaya 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 the institution 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).