Two days after Bharathiar University (BU) Vice Chancellor A Ganapathy was arrested by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC), a group of teachers and syndicate members of BU are now demanding a judicial probe into past appointments made by him.
According to a report in the Times of India, a source from the Association of University Teachers said that the faculty association of the University would seek an independent inquiry of all past appointments by a sitting judge of the Madras High Court.
Bharathiar University Chancellor A Ganapathy was arrested on Saturday by the DVAC following allegations that he had taken Rs 30 lakhs as bribe for the appointment of an associate professor. Ganapathy, along with Dharamaraj, a professor who is said to have brokered the deal have both been remanded to judicial custody till February 16.
According to the DVAC, Ganapathy had demanded the bribe from T Suresh, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry to complete his probation in the post.
A Ganapathy has earlier been accused of irregularities. In November 2017, a Dalit woman, claimed that she has been blocked from pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship, allegedly because the Vice-Chancellor wanted to take revenge for an earlier case she filed against his appointment of a man in a post reserved for a woman. An FIR was booked against him under provisions of the SC/ST Act.
According to a report in The Hindu, 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.
R Mathivanan, Director of the School of Distance Education at Bharathiar University has also been booked for facilitating the cash for professorship scam. It is alleged that he recommended candidates to the posts.
It is reported that a meeting would be convened in a week to take forward the demand for a judicial probe.