|A Meghalaya CID officer (left) hands over the university keys to deputy registrar Premlal Rai (right) on Saturday in Shillong. Picture by UB Photos
Shillong, Sept. 28: The CMJ University office here was today handed over to officials of the private university, months after Meghalaya CID sleuths had seized it.
Led by deputy superintendent of police S. Thamar, CID sleuths opened the university office in the presence of university deputy registrar Premlal Rai, university director Manjit Kaur Kaushal and others.
However, additional seizures like receipt books and a computer placed in the chamber of university chancellor Chandra Mohan Jha were made today by the sleuths.
The office, housed within Modrina Mansion at Laitumkhrah, was seized in May, a few days after a police complaint was lodged against the university by then Meghalaya governor R.S. Mooshahary, who was its visitor.
Earlier this month, the sleuths had moved the court of the chief judicial magistrate seeking permission to hand over the premises to the university authorities.
After the court granted permission, Jha authorised Rai and Kaushal to take over the office from the CID sleuths.
“Since all the necessary seizures have already been made since the past few months, we felt the seized rooms should be reopened and handed back to the university officials,” a CID officer said, while making it clear the investigation against the university was far from over.
Kaushal was not in a position to say when the university would restart operations as word from Jha was awaited.
Jha, who had appeared before the CID sleuths from September 19-21 as part of the investigations, is likely to return to Shillong by next week.
On September 22, when he was to again report before the investigating team, Jha failed to turn up but intimated to the authorities through email that he had to rush to Bihar to attend to his ailing wife.
The CMJ University chancellor had received anticipatory bail from the Supreme Court in July and yesterday the court fixed October 8 as the next date of hearing on Jha’s bail plea.