ACB registers FIR against Rajasthan University professors in law course scam
Rs 1.42 crore were fraudulently paid to RU professors.
Jaipur: The Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Thursday lodged an FIR against several professors and employees of Rajasthan University (RU) in connection with five-year self-finance law course scam. Claiming to be guest faculty, these professors were paid for taking classes under the course. Some of these bogus classes were held during holidays in a clear indication of corruption, ACB officials said.
More than 60 professors and employees could land in legal troubles, even face arrest in the matter. Self-finance course are funded by the students. The ACB tried to get records related to the course from the university, but was denied access. Those booked include former directors of the course.
The five-year course was launched by the university in 2007. Guest faculty was to be invited for taking classes under the course, but RU professors acted as guest faculty in the records and were paid.
Some of those named in the FIR include:
- Manju Kulwal (former director)
- Mahesh Kulwal (joint director)
- GS Karkara (former director)
- Mridula Srivastava (former director)
- RS Akad (former accountant)
There are many other RU employees and guest faculty members who have been booked in connection with the scam.
Retired professor RB Singh had registered a complaint with the ACB in this matter. He alleged that there had been corruption in the five-year self-finance law course run by the Rajasthan University.
“Many professors indulged in fraudulently withdrawing fee for taking law classes under the course,” said an ACB officer.
A total of Rs 1.42 crore was claimed frequently by RU professors and employees during the academic year 2011-12 and 2012-13.
After receiving the complaint, ACB registered a preliminary enquiry. ACB inspector Bharat Singh probed the scam and an FIR was registered when the complaint was found genuine, ACB officials said.
The discrepancies had been highlighted in an audit report also.
The scam has come to light at a time when RU was embossed in the paper leak case. Some professor and employees of the university were arrested for leaking papers of graduate and post graduate examinations. RU had to cancel several examples following the arrests.
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