Shillong, April 22: Meghalaya CID sleuths today arrested CMJ University chancellor Chandra Mohan Jha, who is also an Independent candidate from Jhanjharpur parliamentary constituency in Bihar.
A team of CID personnel, with the help of Bihar police, arrested Jha this afternoon from Godhanpur Chowk in Madhubani district, while he was reportedly campaigning.
Jhanjharpur, which goes to the polls on April 30, is located around 200km north of Patna.
“We are seeking to fly him to the state tomorrow for investigations in relation with the cases filed against him,” a senior Meghalaya police official said.
Jha’s arrest came more than a month after the Sup-reme Court had cancelled his anticipatory bail on March 7.
It has been nearly a year now ever since the CMJ University has been in the news.
The then Meghalaya governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, who was the visitor to the university, had brought to light several alleged anomalies in relation to the functioning of the private university. Mooshahary is the Trinamul candidate for the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency.
The university allegedly awarded PhD degrees to 434 students during 2012-13, and enrolled 490 students for the PhD programme during 2012-2013.
The former governor had alleged that there had been “mismanagement, maladministration, indiscipline and failure” in accomplishing the objectives of the university.
Mooshahary had also lodged an FIR against it on April 26 , 2013.
Subsequently, a police case was registered with the CID police station (case No. 2 (4) 2013 under Sections 420/406/466 IPC).
Last year, the CID investigating team had arrested the registrar of the university, Mrinal Kanti Deb, and his deputy Prem Lal Rai and others, while in recent months, Tilok Das Gupta, former registrar of the university, and Dhanwant Singh Matharoo, chancellor of the Apex Professional University in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh were arrested.
The university was established in 2009 following a bill passed by the Meghalaya Assembly, which became an act (CMJ University Act, 2009) after receiving the governor’s assent.
Madhubani superintendent of police Navin Chandra Jha said, “He was arrested by a joint team of the Meghalaya and the Madhubani police.”
The SP said Jha would be taken to Meghalaya on transit remand. “Instructions have been issued to police officials to co-operate with the visiting police team,” he added.