| Chandra Mohan Jha |
Shillong, May 15: Arrested chancellor of the dissolved CMJ University, Chandra Mohan Jha was today denied bail again by a court here.
Public prosecutor, I.C. Jha said the bail plea moved before the court of chief judicial magistrate, B. Joshi, was denied on the ground that an investigating officer would require sufficient time to interrogate him so that more documents related to irregularities in the functioning of CMJ University could be recovered.
The denial of bail on the eve of the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha polls came as a setback to Jha who had also joined the electoral battle as an Independent candidate from Jhanjharpur parliamentary constituency in Bihar.
The public prosecutor said Jha has to be interrogated on his links with several persons connected with CMJ University, including Apex e-learning Bangalore representative, Dhanwant Singh Matharoo who was arrested in March.
Allegedly, the CMJ University had tied up with Matharoo’s learning centre at Bangalore for providing students to the university at least 1,000 students wishing to pursue PhD and another 10,000 students to undertake other courses offered in the controversial private university in the state.
Matharoo, the chancellor of the Apex Professional University at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh and founder of the Apex Education Group in Amritsar, had allegedly been running 531 centres which facilitated the admission of students to the CMJ University.
Jha was arrested on April 22 from Madhubani area of Bihar by a joint team of Meghalaya CID and Bihar police while carrying out his election campaign there.
He was accused of fraud, forgery and selling fake degree certificates to students.
On April 24, the court remanded Jha to 10 days’ police custody but few days later he was admitted to a hospital where stayed till date.
Today, the court has also directed that Jha should be produced before it as and when discharged from the hospital. On May 6, Jha had also moved a bail petition but was rejected by the court.