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BEd varsity probe off

Kalyani, July 23: Kalyani University dissolved its committee probing the cash-for-seat scam in Nadia’s Bhaktabala BEd College yesterday as the government’s report giving a Trinamul student leader, accused of taking bribes, the clean chit had made the varsity probe irrelevant.

The officiating registrar of Kalyani University, Prasenjit Deb, issued the order, which was handed over to all six members of the probe committee late yesterday evening.

The governmenthad appointed Jadavpur Universoty interim VC Abhijit Chakrabarti to probe the alleged cash-for-seats scam at Bhaktabala BEd College. He has given a clean chit to Trinamul student leader Tanmay Acharya, sources in the education department had said earlier. Thirty-two of the 39 students, who were admitted to the BEd college beyond the sanctioned strength, had alleged that Acharya was had taken money from them to get them admitted.

Vice-chancellor Rattan Lal Hangloo did not see anything unusual in dissolution of the inquiry. “After Chakrabarti submitted his report, the varsity found no relevance to pursue the internal probe. So on July 16 after the report had been submitted, I recommended dissolving of the internal probe committee. The formal order was, however, issued on Tuesday,” he said.

Sources in the varsity said the decision to dissolve the probe was taken in haste late on Tuesday afternoon following an instruction from the higher education department.

Hangloo denied this. “I would like to categorically state that there was no instruction or recommendations from the state government to dissolve it,” he said.

Shanku Deb Panda, the state president of the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad who had earlier accused Hangloo of being involved in the admissions irregularities, said: “We believe the inspector of colleges of the university was involved in the irregularities.”

Last week, the university inducted two university teachers, who are members of Trinamul teachers’ wing West Bengal College and University Professors Union into the committee. The varsity has also removed as legal officer Alok Ghosh, who was also the convenor of the probe panel, fuelling speculation that it could be the first step towards easing him out of the committee.

Sources in the university said as the government-appointed committee had absolved tTanmay, vice-chancellor Hangloo did not want to continue the probe against someone the Trinamul has thrown its weight behind.

Tuesday’s order said: “Since the higher education department, Government of West Bengal, has constituted an inquiry committee in relation with the irregularities of Bhaktabala BEd College, the inquiry committee constituted by the university for the same purpose is hereby dissolved.”