Final MU probe report likely this month

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 5th Nov: The independent enquiry committee constituted to probe allegations levelled against MU VC professor AP Pandey conducted public hearing and recorded statement of Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA) president S Jibankumar at Classic Hotel, here on Monday.
Retired Chief Justice T Nandakumar, who is heading the panel, conducted cross verification of the affidavit submitted by Jibankumar in connection with the allegations of academic, administrative and financial irregularities against Pandey. Monday’s hearing was the fourth one of the probe panel and further hearing will continue Tuesday. However, there is possibility of extending the hearing if the committee could not complete it on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, spokesperson of Manipur University Teachers Association (MUTA) professor Debananda Ningthoujam told The People’s Chronicle that the panel conducted its first hearing on September 6 and 7 and the second from September 16 to 18. The third was conducted from October 29 to 31.
Referring to documents submitted by MUSU, MUTA and MUSA to substantiate allegations against Prof Pandey, Prof Debananda maintained that the committee deemed it fit to conduct the fourth hearing by the chairman alone, and they are not certain if the hearing would be extended or completed on Tuesday.
For the past five months, the committee has been busy collecting and compiling its findings, he said while expressing that the committee is likely to submit its report to the appropriate authority within this month and necessary actions will follow.
Regarding the absence of professor AP Pandey from the hearings, professor Debananda said that he does not know the reason why professor Pandey is skipping the hearings and he may have his own reason. He (Prof Pandey) must have admitted the allegations or he might have refused to accept authority of the committee. However, MUTA, MUSA and MUSU wanted the committee to conduct cross examination between the two parties. He should take the opportunity to defend himself if he think he is innocent, Debananda continued.
He further informed that the enquiry committee had sent several messages to AP Pandey asking him to appear before the committee. However, Pandey did not give any reply so far.
At the same time, the committee had also written to HRD ministry for necessary initiatives to make Pandey appear before the panel. But the ministry also seems to be ignoring the matter, he contended.
Despite this, the MU community believes that the committee will submit its final report to the authority by the end of this month and necessary actions will follow as per the probe report, he added.


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