4 days after arrest, Bharathiar University VC suspended by TN Governor

The Governor’s office says charges against the arrested Vice Chancellor are ‘serious in nature’.
4 days after arrest, Bharathiar University VC suspended by TN Governor
4 days after arrest, Bharathiar University VC suspended by TN Governor
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The disgraced Vice Chancellor of Bharathiar University has been ‘suspended until further orders’ by the Governor of Tamil Nadu.

In a statement to the press, the Raj Bhavan said, “The charges levelled against Thiru A Ganapathi are serious in nature.”

According to Section 10(3) of the Bharathiar University Act, 1981, which appoints the Governor as the Chancellor, "The Chancellor may of his own motion or on application call for and examine the record of any officer or authority of the University in respect of any proceedings to satisfy himself as to the the regularity of propriety of any decision passed or order made therein; and, if, in any any case, it appears to the Chancellor that any such decision or order should be modified, annulled, reversed or remitted for reconsideration, he may pass orders accordingly.”

A Ganapathi, the suspended Vice Chancellor of the Bharathiar University was arrested on Saturday over charges of corruption and bribery. It is alleged that the Vice Chancellor took a sum of Rs 30 lakh for the appointment of an assistant professor to the university.

A Ganapthi was reportedly caught red-handed by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption when he, along with a professor Dharamaraj, took bribes from T Suresh, who had filed an FIR against the two. T Suresh was seeking the post of assistant professor and was asked to shell out a sum of Rs 1 lakh in cash and Rs 29 lakh in post-dated cheques.

A Ganapathi’s bail plea has been posted to February 8. The petition will be heard in a special court set up under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The government is also expected to respond.

Following Ganapthy’s arrest, over 80 appointments made by the VC have been questioned. It is suspected that most of these appointments were of irregular nature.

Ganapathy, along with Dharamaraj, who is said to have brokered the deal, have both been remanded to judicial custody till February 16.

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