Jalandhar/Chandigarh – Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Monday arrested Dr Rajnish Arora, former Vice Chancellor of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University (PTU), Kapurthala, for allegedly committing major financial irregularities and administrative lapses during his tenure and the Special Court Jalandhar sent him to four days vigilance custody for further interrogation. An official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said that an inquiry was conducted by S S Dhillon, retired IAS officer, regarding irregularities committed by Dr Arora during the year 2012-13 and the State Technical Education Department had sent this inquiry report to the Vigilance Bureau for further action.Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had in September written to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, recommending the registration of first information report (FIR) against him on the basis of the report. On the basis of legal opinion, the VB has registered this case against Dr Arora and others under Section 409,120-B of IPC and 13(1)(d) read with 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act at VB police station, Jalandhar and taken up for further investigations. It was found during investigation that Dr Arora appointed six co-ordinators and facilitators (C&Fs) arbitrarily without publishing any advertisement and paid Rs 2,73,20,000 and Rs 6,53,50,000 to six C&F’s during 2012-13 and 2013-14 respectively.After taking note of this matter, the Board of Governors had asked the V-C to make all appointments only after adopting transparent procedure but he had appointed 12 C&Fs for university. During this recruitment process, he had ignored the recommendations of the selection committee and recruitment was made on the basis of email received from private firm, NETiit, on the e-mail identification of Director in-charge during that period. He informed that Dr Arora not only violated the laid down rules of the PTU but rather ignored those genuine firms who were fulfilling the requisite conditions of the advertisement made by University.Giving the details of irregularities in the recruitment, the spokesperson said that recruitment of Dr Nachatter Singh, Advisor (Deputation) and Dr R P Bhardwaj, Director (Contract) were made without publishing any advertisement and did not send any circular to any other university or institution. Apart from this, the rules were not followed while appointing Vishwadeep, Assistant Registrar (Ad-hoc), Marginder Singh Bedi, Assistant Training and Placement Officer and Sumeer Sharma, Assistant Director, cultural activities. While making the recruitment, the rules laid down during the 49th meeting dated 10-04-2013 by of the Board of Governors, were also violated and appointees were given extension in their services from time to time.
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