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NUJS registrar suspended

Calcutta, Aug. 30: The National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) has suspended its registrar for alleged mismanagement of university funds and violation of rules while making financial transactions with agencies hired for renovation and interior decoration.

“He (Surojit Mukhopadhyay) has been suspended indefinitely for using university funds (by) not complying with the university rules,” vice-chancellor P. Ishwara Bhat said.

NUJS had set up a review committee to probe allegations against the registrar.

In its 22-page report, the review committee said Mukhopadhyay had given “undue favour” to a contractor who had been engaged to do interior decoration and install ACs.

The review panel recommended that the varsity set up another committee for further investigation of all financial transactions NUJS made between 2011 and 2014.

Bhat said the university had sought an explanation from Mukhopadhyay, but the registrar’s reply was “not satisfactory”.

As recommended by the review committee, the vice-chancellor has set up a one-man disciplinary committee, which has started its probe.

Mukhopadhyay could not be contacted.

The review committee had examined around 10 alleged instances of irregularities in the use of NUJS’s funds.

According to a source, the report mentions that a “fabricated” tendering process was followed to pick a particular contractor.