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Posted at: Jan 11, 2018, 1:27 AM; last updated: Jan 11, 2018, 1:27 AM (IST)

Unease at PTU after Vigilance sleuths seize more documents

VB says it is preparing a dossier on former V-C Dr Arora

Registrar appeals to unions

  • A day after teaching and non-teaching staff unions of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University staged a protest, officiating Registrar Dr Amanpreet Singh on Wednesday appealed to them to cooperate and unite for the betterment of the university.
  • In his appeal, he said, “Today, I felt extreme discomfort because of irresponsible statements. It is wrongly manipulated that I, as Registrar, served legal notice on union presidents, but yes I served legal notice as Dr Amanpreet Singh personally because on December 5, a note has been emailed to the media without any fact by which my image was tarnished.”
  • He added, “As Registrar, I am serving to the best of ability to improve the system and to establish the system in a transparent manner. All demands of the employees are in the pipeline and in process. So, I appeal that please have patience and trust in the university’s system.”

Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 10

Employees and senior officials of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University (IKGPTU) are in a state of panic as Vigilance Bureau officials have been visiting the campus daily and confiscating documents in connection with the case pertaining to corruption charges against former Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajneesh Arora and nine others.

Officials of the varsity said the VB sleuths had been seeking all documents related to the advertisements issued for appointments, tenders and bill receipts of various payments made during Arora’s tenure dating back to 2011.

Varsity officials said since some old record had been found to be missing in certain departments, the VB officials had even threaten to nominate them in the case.

Arora has served as the PTU V-C for two consecutive tenures. His term ended in December 2014. The nine other accused on the run are currently trying to procure bail.

Meanwhile, VB officials said they were preparing a dossier on Arora by stacking all documents wherever he had been a signatory to questionable payments worth Rs 25 crore made to his ex-classmate and contractor Praveen Arora. The officials said they were even showing this to him for further queries.

With the four-day remand of the two coming to an end, the officials are still not sure if they would go ahead and seek more remand from the Kapurthala court. “It all depends on further progress in the next two days and the kind of cooperation we get from Arora. As of now, we are also looking for the likely involvement of more persons on the campus. We may book some more employees in the case, if we get something against them,” said DSP Vigilance Karamveer Singh.

So far, the cops have not apprehended the other nine persons booked in the case. The four varsity employees, who have been booked in the case, are on leave and have been trying to get bail.


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