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Nalsar VC Veer Singh & others accused of authority abuse, fudged accounts & more by judges, after LI RTI stonewalled

Something rotten in Hyderabad, say judges
Something rotten in Hyderabad, say judges
Nalsar Hyderabad vice chancellor Veer Singh has been accused of “favouritism, abuse of authority, gross academic indiscipline and financial irregularities”, by Supreme Court and High Court judges in a report unearthed by state auditors, a copy of which Legally India has unsuccessfully tried to obtain for more than two weeks.

Nalsar vice chancellor Veer Singh was accused of “favouritism, abuse of authority, gross academic indiscipline and financial irregularities”, by Supreme Court and High Court justices in the report dated September 2011.

Legally India had filed a Right to Information (RTI) Act request with Nalsar’s information officer B Nagalakshmi on 12 January 2012 seeking a copy of the report, which Times of India (TOI) has now obtained after it “incidentally came to light after a team of auditors from the state stumbled upon it last Friday”.

Legally India has not received a copy of the report to date and Singh, when contacted by Legally India two weeks ago declined to comment.

TOI said that the report of a high level committee of Andhra Pradesh High Court judges headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Syed Shah Mohammed Quadri, found an “unbridled concentration of power in the hands of vice chancellor, favouritism, abuse of authority, gross academic indiscipline, financial irregularities were jeopardizing the founding objective of the university”.

“The decentralisation of power and authority in the VC’s office is necessary to prevent and check widespread misuse”, added the report.

The report also stated that “it is a matter of urgency that necessary statutes and regulations are put in place to safeguard against abuse of discretionary power by those in the management of Nalsar”, according to TOI, and noted gross irregularities in tendering of building contracts at the institute, which were awarded through nomination and not to the lowest bidder.

The report also highlighted “most favoured” faculty member Dr Vijender Kumar, and how “rules were bent, violated, bypassed to benefit him financially in all conceivable ways”. The committee found that Singh had turned a blind eye to Kumar’s unauthorised use of university furniture and car, simultaneously appointed him as proctor and deputy registrar and gave him extra pay for assignments, reported TOI.

The report also reveals financial irregularities, such as “a head ‘miscellaneous expenditure’ that had eaten away lakhs of rupees without any record”.

Recommendations of the committee include a requirement to oversee honorarium dispatches, which are also subject of abuse by “the VC and registrar and Vijender Kumar” presently, according to TOI. The committee also expressed concern over Nalsar’s shifting of focus to “fund-generating distance education”, which had spread “dissatisfaction among its students and faculty”.

TOI had in December reported sexual harassment charges against Singh by Nalsar dean of academic affairs Amita Dhanda, who alleged she had received an email containing sexual innuendo from him. Singh had denied the allegations, stating that “it was abnormal to see a sexual connotation in the same”, and that Dhanda had “misinterpreted the contents”.

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