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NUJS registrar suspended after report highlighting financial mismanagement

NUJS Kolkata registrar Surajit Mukhopadaya was suspended today over allegations of financial impropriety that were raised by a judicial inquiry into NUJS and its management.

Vice chancellor Ishwara Bhatt said that “the order of suspension has been delivered on the registrar”, and that Mukhopadaya would now have to reply to it.

Bhatt added: “A disciplinary committee has been constituted. Inquiry is pending and it will come out with its observations against the others [named in the report].”

The suspension order was issued from the vice chancellor’s office, to ensure that the disciplinary committee, to be presided over by retired West Bengal civil servant Mihir Kumar Das, could proceed in its investigation in a fair manner, said Bhatt.

Mukhopadaya was not reachable for comment at the time of going to press.

Last month Legally India revealed that an inquiry committee led by ex Rajasthan high court Justice NN Mathur and two former government auditors, unearthed facts “indicative of financial mismanagement of funds by the university”.

However, another critical report produced by the Bar Council of India (BCI) in November 2013 on NUJS had been buried until published by Legally India last month.

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