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MP: Ex-VC of journalism varsity booked for irregularities

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has registered a case of and financial irregularities against B K Kuthiala, a former vice-of the city-based government run journalism university, a senior said Sunday.

Kuthiala, who had served as the VC of the Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Evam Sanchar Vishwavidyalaya, has been booked for charges including fraud, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy along with 18 other officials and employees.

He was also booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

EOW (ADG) K N said the government had constituted a three-member committee of senior IAS M Gopal Reddy, ex-on Special Duty (OSD) to CM Bhupendra Gupta, and to probe alleged irregularities in January, which submitted its report last month.

"On the basis of this report, the has written a letter to the EOW in which the irregularities committed by Kuthiala, who was the VC from 2008 to 2018, are mentioned," told a channel.

He said most of these alleged irregularities are related to appointments and recruitment of ineligible persons through a wrong procedure and for hiding truth.

"Secondly, there are financial irregularities like the one in which availed medical reimbursement from the varsity in violation of the government rules," said.

The ADG further said had booked a ticket for himself and his wife from the varsity fund for participating in a conference in

However, when the matter came to light, deposited this money back to the five months after the visit.

Tiwari said the inquiry report also mentioned that Kuthiala availed reimbursement for liquor consumption bills.

"He also got a liquor cabinet constructed and the payment of the same was made from the university fund," the officer said.

Kuthiala could not be reached for reaction.

Meanwhile, said the inquiry committee was illegal as it included leaders of the ruling party.

"This is an effort to divert attention of the media from the information coming out after the income tax raid (on aides of Kamal Nath). The FIR was illegally filed without seeking permission from the Election Commission," Kothari claimed.

State Bhupendra Gupta, who is one of the members of the committee, said they found several criminal irregularities during the inquiry.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 23:00 IST