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Cal HC replaces NUJS VC’s nominee inquisitor in registrar’s writ against his suspension

Calcutta high court Justice Dipankar Datta has replaced NUJS vice chancellor (VC) Ishwara Bhatt’s nominee to inquire into financial impropriety allegations against the law school’s suspended registrar, and fixed inquiry timelines, in part-hearing the writ of the registrar.

The registrar, Surajit Mukhhopadhyay, had filed a writ in the high court challenging the order of suspension against him, and alleging malice on Bhatt’s part. Bhatt had nominated a retired bureaucrat to conduct an inquiry into financial wrongdoing allegations against Mukhopadhyay at the time of his suspension.

Justice Datta has replaced the bureaucrat with retired justice Pravendu Narayan.

According to Datta’s order, Narayan will be paid Rs 10,000 - 30,000 and other incentives by NUJS to inquire into allegations against Mukhopadhyay between 14 October and 15 January, and has to submit his report for consideration of the NUJS Executive Council by 15 January.

Mukhopadhyay has time until 13 October to reply to the charges levelled against him and will be allowed to make a case for legal representation during the inquiry before Narayan.

Keeping Mukhopadhyay’s writ pending “for the dual purposes of expediting the inquiry, if called for, and considering [Mukhopadhyay’s] prayer for revocation of the order of suspension”, Datta posted the matter to 6 February for the next hearing.

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