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Hry higher education council chair booked for corruption

April 16, 2019 07:04 AM

COURTESY TIMES OF INDIA APRIL 16

Hry higher education council chair booked for corruption
Ajay.Sura@timesgroup.com

Chandigarh:

In a shocking development, B K Kuthiala, chairperson of newly-carved Haryana State Higher Education Council, an autonomous body created to promote academic excellence in the state, has been booked by the Madhya Pradesh police for cheating and on corruption charges.


An RSS ideologue, Kuthiala was hand-picked by Haryana CM ML Khattar, who appointed him the first chairperson of the council in March 2018. Kuthiala, 71, has also served in journalism and mass communication departments of Guru Jhambheswar University of Science and Technology, Hisar and Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. He is close to many saffron leaders, especially RSS ideologue Dina Nath Batra, and has been linked to seminars, academic activities and events to promote the Hindu right-wing philosophy.

Allegations against Kuthiala pertain to irregularities in appointments and misuse of university funds during his previous tenure as vice-chancellor of the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Mass Communication, Bhopal, which he completed last year.

All work done in accordance with rules: Kuthiala

Besides Kuthiala, the MP police’s economic offences wing has also booked 19 others in the case. The FIR has been registered under Sections 409 (breach of trust), 420 (cheating and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and Section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act.

The main allegations against him include appointment of staff in the university against UGC and university norms; opening of new educational centres, which were not required, to extend favoritism; illegal withdrawal of university funds and spending the same on his personal and his family’s personal expenses by misusing his official position. The allegations also include misuse of university funds for BJP’s student wing, ABVP and for organising RSS events.

When contacted, Kuthiala told TOI that cases against him has been registered based on an inquiry report by a three-member commission, which had not heard his point of view.

“This is mockery of democracy because one system praised and awarded us for good deeds but after (political) change, the new system (government) is punishing us for the same work. All work done during my tenure in the university at Bhopal was in accordance with rules and guidelines of the state government, university and UGC. I will cooperate in investigation,” Kuthiala added.

The Haryana State Higher Education Council was constituted by the Khattar government last year after passing a special law, The Haryana State Higher Education Council Act in the budget session of the state assembly in March 2018.

Even before Kuthiala’s appointment as the head of apex institute of education in Haryana, a complaint was sent on March 4, 2018 to the Haryana governor and the chief minister by an academician and former faculty member of Kurukshetra University, Ashutosh Mishra. In his complaint, supported by several documents, Mishra, now dean of a Punjab varsity, had requested the Haryana government to re-consider Kuthiala’s appointment to such a prestigious post. Mishra had also mentioned specific cases regarding breach of propriety and incidents of conflict of interest in Kuthiala’s functioning while serving in Haryanabased institutions.

 

 
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