The Human Resource Development ministry has recommended CBI inquiry to probe allegations leveled against P.K. Abdul Azis, Vice-Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University. President Pratibha Patil in her capacity as Visitor of all Central Universities has accepted HRD ministry’s recommendation to wind up the two-member fact-finding enquiry committee looking into the AMU case.
The Ministry has asked the President that the CBI enquiry should be wrapped within three months and asked that the findings by one of the two members of the committee against Professor Azis be referred to the Central Vigilance Commission.
Professor Azis has been charged with financial irregularities, violation of rules on Executive Council meetings, graft, poor academic record and even plagiarism in his D.Sc thesis. The university was closed several times due to unrest and violence during his tenure.
The ministry has sent the request for CBI probe in the case after two enquiry committees, set up for the purpose, were unable to arrive at a conclusion on the charges. Both members of the first committee resigned as they did not agree on the procedure itself, while the second, two-judge panel gave a split verdict in its interim report. Justice B.A. Khan gave his verdict in favour of Professor Azis, while Justice A.N. Divecha found him guilty.
[Source: The Hindu]