Press Esc to close
Monday 20 October 2014
News updated at 11:09 PM IST
Weather
Max: 30.8°C
Min : 20.1°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

'Whistleblower' biotechnologist shown the door

Kalyan Ray, New Delhi, April 28, 2012, DHNS:

In a contentious decision that rocked academic circles here, a biotechnologist with a premier Central government institute has been dismissed from service by the institute's officiating director who, in the past, was charged with misuse of power.

NIPER InstituteLast week, K K Bhutani, Officiating Director of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Chandigarh, issued a dismissal order to terminate the service of associate professor of biotechnology Nilanjan Roy for committing four offences between 2008 and 2009.

Documents accessed by Deccan Herald show that a NIPER internal panel found Roy guilty of “attempt to embezzlement of institute funds (Rs 51,530),  forging of a credit note in February 2012, non-submission of answer books and results of one batch of students and suspension of teaching class of another batch.”


Issued on April 20, 2012, the order said, “Penalty of dismissal from service with immediate effect is imposed on Roy keeping in view the gravity of misconduct.”

Roy, who was on suspension for one year before the dismissal order was served, claimed he was targeted for acting as a whistle-blower. He used the Right to Information Act, 2005, to access official documents, exposing several instances of misappropriations in the institute that comes under the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertiliser.

The institute also issued orders to withdraw facilities extended to Roy and asked him to vacate his official residence.

None of the orders have been implemented so far as appeals against them are pending. The appellate authority in NIPER is the chairman of the Board of Governors. The post is currently held by V M Katoch, Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research.

“I have received an appeal from Roy and sought comments from NIPER administration. Once I receive them I will examine the charges and appeals in accordance with the NIPER Act and government rules,” Katoch told Deccan Herald.

In his appeal, Roy said: “I am being humiliated, demoralised and frustrated. My only crime is that I tried to prevent the corrupt act of officiating director and dean.” The charges against Bhutani, supported by documents accessed by Roy using RTI, include alleged diversion of 11th five year plan money allocated to NIPER and drawing pension from the institute under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research he was earlier employed with, as well as drawing full salary from NIPER.

Roy had posted these documents on his blog. He also obtained government reports showing financial and academic mismanagement at NIPER in the last five years, much before Bhutani was made an officiating director.

Asked to comment, Bhutani said: “Financial and proprietary charges are pending against him since 2007. The action has been taken based on departmental inquiry. It is open to appeal.”

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Army recruits during their attestation parade at Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington, Ooty on...

Army recruits during their attestation parade at Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington, Ooty on...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 photo, a Kashmiri woman blocks a road during a protest demanding...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 photo, a Kashmiri woman blocks a road during a protest demanding...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 42nd Convocation of the All India Institute of Medical...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 42nd Convocation of the All India Institute of Medical...

Devendra Fadnavis hugs his mother Savita after his victory during the Assembly election in...

Devendra Fadnavis hugs his mother Savita after his victory during the Assembly election in...

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitaraman launching the Online Export...

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitaraman launching the Online Export...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah after the party's parliamentary...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah after the party's parliamentary...

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a thick blanket of smoke is seen against the setting sun as...

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a thick blanket of smoke is seen against the setting sun as...

In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, an Indian woman uses her hand to put sawdust in an...

In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, an Indian woman uses her hand to put sawdust in an...

(L-R) Asha Bhat, Miss Diva Universe 2014 2nd runner up, Noyonita Lodh, Miss Diva Universe 2014...

(L-R) Asha Bhat, Miss Diva Universe 2014 2nd runner up, Noyonita Lodh, Miss Diva Universe 2014...

An Indian man teaches yoga postures to schoolchildren at Delhi Public School in Hyderabad...

An Indian man teaches yoga postures to schoolchildren at Delhi Public School in Hyderabad...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523