Bhopal: Even as norms were thrown to the wind at the time of appointment of 22 faculty members in Barkatullah University in 2014, the Raj Bhavan is yet to take action in this connection. Raj Bhavan, Chief Minister’s office and the higher education department were apprised about the alleged irregularities in the appointments, made by the then vice-chancellor of BU Prof MD Tiwari in 2014.
On receiving the complaints, the higher education department had requested the Raj Bhavan to conduct a probe in 2015. The Raj Bhavan had constituted a one member inquiry committee under the MP High Court retired Justice Abhay Gohil in June 2015 to look into the complaints of irregular appointment at the varsity.
Justice Gohil completed the probe in the 2016 and a report was submitted to the Raj Bhavan. Since then the report has been kept in abeyance and the faculty members continue to provide their services at the university. Again taking up the issue, an RTI activist DP Singh had sought information on the action taken on Justice Gohil’s report, however, the public information officer of the Raj Bhavan refused to part details on the matter.
Singh again filed first appeal in the matter, however, the application was denied by the appellate officer saying, “The Chancellor has put the probe report in abeyance. Normally, the copy of any such record can’t be provided if demanded through normal letter.” Justice Gohil while talking to Free Press said that right to take action on probe report rests with chancellor. “I have submitted the 80-page probe report against the irregular appointments at Raj Bhavan and to act on the report lies with the Chancellor.”