CBI At Viswa-Bharati To Investigate Against Sacked VC


Kolkata: The Crime Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team reached the Viswa-Bharati University Campus on Tuesday to investigate against sacked former Vice-Chancellor (VC) over alleged irregularities.

The CBI raided the Visva Bharati University office in Bengal’s Santiniketan over alleged irregularities by sacked Vice Chancellor Sushanta Dutta Gupta. The CBI team also raided his house.

In February 2015, the HRD Ministry had set up a three-member committee to probe complaints of financial and administrative irregularities allegedly committed by Dattagupta. The probe found him guilty, and a showcause notice was served in June. Unsatisfied with his reply, the Ministry recommended his removal to the President on September 21, 2015 because firstly, he continued to draw a basic salary of Rs 80,000 per month from Visva-Bharati along with a pension of Rs 17,596 every month from Jawaharlal Nehru University without getting his pension deducted from his pay, in violation of rules.

Secondly, he made irregular/illegal appointments, with the appointees in most cases failing to meet eligibility criteria prescribed by the University Grants Commission. Thirdly, he approved payment of Rs 5 lakh as honorarium to an enquiry officer even though the government has fixed a ceiling of Rs 75,000 for a departmental inquiry. Finally, he got personal bills for alcoholic beverages reimbursed by the university during his stay at the India International Centre in New Delhi during August-September 2012, which is a “serious case of financial impropriety”.

This is the first time that the head of a central university was sacked. The President, who is the Visitor of all central universities, approved the proposal to dismiss Dattagupta seven months before the end of his term. Then the HRD Ministry issued a three-page order for removing him.