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Punjab: Varsity officials suspension followed by fight

Punjab: Varsity officials suspension  followed by fight

Bathinda: Assistant Registrar, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS),Surinder Kapoor’s suspension on charges of providing information to outsiders  has stirred the hornet’s nest.

Officials at the university took action, against Mr. Kapoor, accusing him of illegally revealing and sharing information related to university purchases  and institutional appointments.

University Vice Chancellor,Raj Bahadur,  charged  Mr. Kapoor for constantly having  provided  information to a former official and helping him in other ways against the university interests. He further alleged that charges of corrupt practices too were allegedly levelled  against Kapoor, a while ago, however, he had continued with his malpractices and did not  change his ways.

Surinder Kapoor, meanwhile, defending himself said, “I have been suspended without any basis, on the wild accusations of providing information to outsiders.The authorities have  not made it clear as to whom I have provided information on my own. Whatever information has been provided to anyone what was demanded through RTI.”

500 BFUHS employees who have also been on a strike for the past few days demanding regular services have also been leveling charges of irregularities. They have also been leveling charges against the university.Being with the RTI ,Dr. Manjit Singh Jaura had replied to  nearly a 100 queries  through the RTI. Similarly, the now suspended Surinder Kapoor had provided information under the RTI to several applicants.

Dr. Jaura, who worked with Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, affiliated to the university,for 5 years  said, “I have raised the issue of purchases of defibrillators, operation theatre lights, operation theatre monitors for advanced cancer diagnostic centre at Bathinda, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College at Faridkot and civil hospitals at Lambi and Jalalabad at inflationary rates without tendering process.”

“The university has no answer to my allegations and has made the assistant registrar as scapegoat on the charges of providing me the information,” Dr Jaura  told TOI.

BFUHS Vice-chancellor Raj Bahadur according to university sources  has replied to all the allegations  to the Chief Minister, terming the purchase allegations  without the tendering process as vague.

Source: with inputs
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