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Legal opinion sought on BEd action

Aug 4: Kalyani University has decided to seek legal opinion on possible action against the controller of examinations who, according to sources, has been named as a “suspect” in the government report on the cash-for-seats allegation at Bhaktabala BEd College.

The university has also ratified its decision to deaffiliate the Nadia college for the 2014-15 academic session, in which 17 students have taken admission.

“We have decided to consult lawyers and seek legal opinion from them to find out what action could be taken against those named in the unauthorised admissions probe report. The university will take action only after we get the opinion of legal experts,” vice-chancellor Rattan Lal Hangloo said.

The twin decisions, taken at an “emergency” meeting of the executive council convened by Hangloo, comes two days after higher education secretary Vivek Kumar directed the varsity to take action against controller of examinations Bimalendu Biswas.

Although the report submitted by Jadavpur University interim vice-chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti gave a “clean chit” to Trinamul student leader Tanmay Acharya, it found the involvement of Bimalendu Biswas and Bhaktabala co-owner Amar Biswas in the unauthorised admissions process.

Sources said that at the meeting today, Hangloo read out the contents of a report the state government had drawn up on the basis of Chakrabarti’s findings.

“The VC said today the state government suspects Bimalendu Biswas for various irregularities and has advised the university to initiate action against him,” a member of the executive council said.

Bimalendu Biswas declined comment. “According to instructions of the VC in a recent circular, university officials have been forbidden to make any comment on the matter.”

It could not be immediately confirmed if the varsity had released such a circular.

Acharya had been named by 32 students of Bhaktabala BEd College who had lodged complaints with Hangloo accusing the union leader of taking between Rs 1.25 lakh and Rs 1.85 lakh to facilitate admissions beyond the sanctioned strength of 100.

Chakrabarti’s report had stated that not enough evidence had been found against Acharya, who was removed as the general secretary of the varsity union led by Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad last week.

TMCP state president Shanku Deb Panda, who had initially thrown his weight behind Acharya and had repeatedly demanded action against Bimalendu Biswas, expressed displeasure over the executive council’s decision today.

“We are not satisfied. We strongly condemn the council members who want to protect (Bimalendu) Biswas,” Panda said.

According to sources, possible action against the controller of exams includes serving him a show-cause notice or suspension.

The executive council members were unanimous on endorsing the decision on deaffiliating Bhaktabala college.

Sources said the 17 students who have taken admissions in the current session could be accommodated in other colleges in the district.