The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has registered a case of fraud and financial irregularities against B K Kuthiala, a former vice-chancellor of the city-based government run journalism university, a senior officer 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 Additional Director General (ADG) K N Tiwari said the government had constituted a three-member committee of senior IAS officer M Gopal Reddy, ex-Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to CM Bhupendra Gupta, and Sandeep Dixit to probe alleged irregularities in January, which submitted its report last month.
"On the basis of this report, the university registrar has written a letter to the EOW in which the irregularities committed by Kuthiala, who was the VC from 2008 to 2018, are mentioned," Tiwari told a news 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.
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.
"This is an effort to divert attention of the media from the information coming out after the income tax raid (on aides of chief minister Kamal Nath). The FIR was illegally filed without seeking permission from the Election Commission," Kothari claimed.
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