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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Finance Officer of UGB Sent on Leave after Huge Allegations Raised against Him

MALDA, 14 FEB: The finance officer (FO) of the University of Gour Banga (UGB) Jahir Hosain was sent on forced leave after a number of allegations including submission of false state of qualification and financial anomalies were raised against him. Meanwhile the state higher education department has also asked the UGB authorities to hold a probe against Mr Hossain. UGB VC Achintya Biswas said that the FO was sent on leave so that the enquiry remains transparent and is not influenced by the accused.

It has been learnt from the varsity sources that a citizen of the district wrote a letter to the education minister Bratya Basu and alleged that Mr Hossain submitted a fictitious statement of qualification to be appointed as the FO.

It was alleged in the letter that Mr Hossain passed M Com in 2006 from Netaji Subhash Open University but surprisingly passed Part II of B Com in 2009-10. It was also alleged that several other likely anomalies were found in his bio-data.

It may be mentioned that a number of businessmen also alleged that they were harassed by Mr Hossain while getting their dues after supplying several items to the varsity. A section of teachers also alleged that the FO crossing his purview interfered into thr administrative work of the university and even allegedly misleading the VC Prof Biswas sometimes and sometimes allegedly keeping the VC in dark.

Recently, the teachers of the UGB under the banner of the Gour Banga University Teachers’ Association gheraoed Mr Hossain alleging that he was harassing the teachers in giving the no dues certificate and in other issues. It was also alleged by the association’s secretary Sanatan Das that Mr Hossain deliberately delayed in handling the Provident Fund cheque of a teacher of the education department Debabrata Debnath which incurred huge financial loss on the latter.

Meanwhile the order from the state higher education department reached the varsity and UGB authorities were asked to hold a probe into allegation raised against Mr Hossain.

“Considering all aspects Mr Hossain has been asked to be on leave and everything has been done in accordance with the statute. The enquiry would be completed in due course and the next course of the action would be determined as per law,” Prof Biswas said. He added that at any cost the sanctity of the UGB would be maintained.

Mr Hossain, when contacted, said that he has his arguments which he would disclose later. He said that he was not in a position to speak as he was busy with some important works.

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