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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Enquiry Commission Dismisses UGB Interview Letter Tampering Case

Malda, 30 May: The two men enquiry commission, that conducted extensive enquiry into the tampering allegations of the interview letter for inspector of colleges (IC) post lodged by the University of Gour Banga (UGB) authorities, dismissed the matter. The commission would, however, submit a written report in this regard within 35 days to the registrar of the UGB.

This may be mentioned that in its first meeting new university council (UC) of UGB on 25 March allegation was raised against the appointment of Dr Apurba Chakraborty as IC. A letter was produced by one of the members of the UC which was in fact an interview letter issued to Dr Anita Chakraborty, teacher of Chanchal College for the post of IC. The letter signed by the finance officer Zahir Hossain claimed that the scheduled interview date of 22 February, 2011 was cancelled and it would be held on 23 February, 2011. Interestingly the letter was issued on 11 Februray. Again the content of the letter stated that it was issued on 22 February.

The letter no wonder, rocked the meeting as it was alleged that there was gross misappropriation in the interest of extending undue advantage to Apurba Chakraborty and to deprive Anita Chakraborty, now an active member of Trinamul Congress influenced Gour Banga Adhyapak Mancha (GBAM).

However, this led VC Prof Gopa Dutta to search for files and the original interview letter and receipt of the letter by Anita Chakraborty were found. Prof Dutta claimed that the letter which was produced in the meeting was a forged one which at once got the support of other members.

The thenn officiating registrar Dr SS Bairagya to lodge at English Bazaar police station in this regard as per UC’s decision. Prof Datta lodged a complaint with state higher education department too.

Finally, Member secretary of state council of higher education Subrata Ghosh and former DGP and a member of the PSC Tapan Chattopadhyay investigated into interview letter tampering allegations. 

Yesterday, after concluding the enquiry, Ghosh said, “Two separate dates were put inadvertently and it was mere slip of pen. There was no malpractice behind the incident and the error was the consequence of the huge pressure that prevailed on the issuing authorities.”

Chattopadhyay said, “We would also recommend some measures that the varsity can function better in the academic interest.” He informed that conclusion was reached after around 150 persons were spoken to. They informed that a written report and recommendations would be sent to the registrar of the UGB within 35 days.

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