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HRD forms panel to probe charges against Visva-Bharati VC

HRD forms panel to probe charges against Visva-Bharati VC
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The Ministry of Human Resource Development on Wednesday constituted a three-member fact-finding committee to inquire into allegations of financial and administrative irregularities against Professor Sushnata Dattagupta, the Vice-Chancellor of Visva Bharati University.

In a memorandum issued by the ministry, a copy of which is available with Millennium Post, it is stated that ministry has examined the allegations and “after due consideration has decided to constitute a three member committee for conducting a fact finding inquiry into all the allegations.”

The committee comprising Justice Sakharam Singh Yadav, former Justice High Court of Allahabad, BB data, Chairman Sri Aurobindo Institute of Indian Culture (Shillong) and Dilip K Chakrabarti, Professor of South Asian Archaeology, University of Cambridge will submit a report to the Central government preferably by March 31, 2015. It is also referred in the order that the panel would be free to devise its own procedure for conducting the inquiry and would consider the response of the persons alleged against including the Vice Chancellor in accordance with principles of natural justice.

The notification about panel formation, which has been issued by HRD ministry on Wednesday, directed Visva-Bharati to provide full secretariat assistance and VC to nominate an officer not below the rank of deputy registrar to act as co-ordinator for providing documents/other help required in connection with the probe.
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