SLIET of­fi­cials de­clare le­gal of­fi­cer dead, un­der scan­ner for fund mis­use

Three in­dicted for mis­con­duct in pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry; a reg­u­lar de­part­men­tal in­quiry is awaited

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Region - Av­tar Singh let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

SANGRUR :Top of­fi­cials of a pres­ti­gious deemed to be univer­sity had de­clared a le­gal of­fi­cer of the in­sti­tute ‘dead’ and hired a lawyer of their choice al­legedly to ‘mis­use and em­bez­zle’ funds. The three ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cers of Sant Lon­gowal In­sti­tute of Engi­neer­ing & Tech­nol­ogy Lon­gowal (SILET) have now been in­dicted for the mis­con­duct in the pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry and a reg­u­lar de­part­men­tal in­quiry is awaited.

The board of man­age­ment (BOM) com­mit­tee in its meet­ing on May 28 at MHRD, New Delhi, gave its nod to ini­ti­ate an in­quiry against the of­fi­cers con­cerned — San­jay Gupta, the then of­fi­ci­at­ing deputy regis­trar (admn); San­jiv Bansal, then of­fi­ci­at­ing regis­trar, and Dr VK Jain, the then of­fi­ci­at­ing di­rec­tor. The BOM also au­tho­rised the di­rec­tor to con­sti­tute an in­quiry com­mit­tee and is­sue the charge sheet to of­fi­cials con­cerned.

All the three ac­cused of­fi­cials still works with the in­sti­tute. San­jay Gupta is the li­brar­ian; San­jiv Bansal is a pro­fes­sor of man­age­ment stud­ies, and VK Jain teaches elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing.

A two-mem­ber com­mit­tee of Har­ish Cho­pra and JS Dhillon, formed by the SLIET di­rec­tor, in its probe on De­cem­ber 9, 2017, had found that ad­vo­cate Na­sib Singh Gill, who was the in­sti­tute coun­sel for court cases, was shown dead, and a new lawyer was hired on Jan­uary 30, 2017, who was paid ₹60,000 on May 25. The pay­ment was con­firmed by ac­count section on De­cem­ber 7, 2017.

“It may be con­firmed whether Na­sib Singh Gill is alive and it is a se­ri­ous case of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds by the of­fi­cers by in­ten­tion­ally pre­sent­ing wrong facts, which needs proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion as per the in­sti­tu­tion rules,” the two-mem­ber com­mit­tee ob­served.

When con­tacted by Hin­dus­tan Times over the phone, Na­sib Singh Gill said, “I was told that they have hired a new coun­sel.”

The SLIET Em­ploy­ees’ As­so­ci­a­tion has also de­manded a thor­ough probe. “It is not as sim­ple as pre­sented. The mat­ter should be probed why they had to show a liv­ing man dead. Even we have doubts that they mis­used ad­min­is­tra­tive pow­ers and took ar­bi­trary de­ci­sions,” said Ju­jhar Lon­gowal, pres­i­dent of the em­ploy­ees’ body.

SLIET di­rec­tor Shailen­dra Jain said, “The pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry was sub­mit­ted in the BOM meet­ing. How­ever, a new probe com­mit­tee will be con­sti­tuted on the di­rec­tions of BOM which will in­quire the en­tire mat­ter.”

When con­tacted, San­jiv Bansal, the then of­fi­ci­at­ing regis­trar, was re­luc­tant to make a com­ment. San­jay Gupta, then of­fi­ci­at­ing deputy regis­trar (admn), said the new com­mit­tee will probe the mat­ter and he will not com­ment. VK Jain, the then of­fi­ci­at­ing di­rec­tor, said it was a ‘hu­man er­ror’ as ‘died’ was wrongly writ­ten in place of ‘de­nied’.

“The of­fice of ad­vo­cate Na­sib Singh Gill in­formed us that his health was not good due to old age. To show him dead was a cler­i­cal mis­take. The new ad­vo­cate won three or four cases for the in­sti­tute,” Jain said.

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All the three ac­cused of­fi­cials still work with the in­sti­tute.

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