New Delhi: Visva-Bharati Vice Chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta has been served with a show-cause notice by the Human Resource Development Ministry after President Pranab Mukherjee’s nod asking him why he should not be removed from his post. He has been accused of five financial and administrative irregularities by a three member probe committee appointed by the government.
The members of the committee were Justice Sakharam Singh Yadav, former judge of Allahabad high court; BB Data, the chairman of Sri Aurobindo Institute of Indian Culture in Shillong; and Dilip K Chakrabarti, professor of South Asian Archaeology, University of Cambridge, and a member of Indian Council of Historical Research.
The President has the power to fire the head of a central university under Section 16 of the General Clause Act 1897.
The vice Chancellor has been accused of making 25 illegal appointments in the university. Dattagupta was drawing his salary from Visva-Bharati University and pension from Jawaharlal Nehru University which is a gross violation of the university’s act. He even billed his personal alcohol consumption with the institution and had awarded work contracts without bidding.