Visva-Bharati VC’s writ petition dismissed


Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition by Visva-Bharati University Vice-Chancellor Susanta Duttagupta challenging the jurisdiction of a fact-finding committee set up by the HRD Ministry to look into complaints against him.Justice Tapabrata Chakraborti dismissed the petition on the ground that a showcause notice had already been served on him to explain his conduct over allegations of financial and administrative irregularities, on which the fact-finding committee has already filed a report.

Duttagupta’s writ petition challenging the jurisdiction of the committee was dismissed as it became infructuous with the committee already filing its report and a show-cause notice served on the Vice-Chancellor on its basis. Duttagupta had on June 24 moved a writ petition before the Calcutta High Court challenging the jurisdiction of a fact-finding committee appointed by the HRD Ministry to look into charges of financial and administrative irregularities against him.

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The committee, comprising former Allahabad High Court judge Sakharam Singh Yadav, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Indian Culture (Shillong) chairman B B Dutta and Cambridge University professor Dilip Chakrabarti, had submitted a report to the Ministry on the charges against the Vice-Chancellor. S N Mukherjee, appearing for the Vice-Chancellor, had argued that Visva-Bharati was an autonomous organisation and that the fact-finding committee had no jurisdiction to initiate any proceeding against the VC