Report upholds allegations against UoM Prof

Retired judge R Venkatesh, who probed the alleged misuse of grants by Syed Akheel Ahmed, professor, Department of Studies in Chemistry, UoM, has submitted a report upholding the allegations.

Syed Akheel Ahmed, who was the former vice-chancellor of Yenepoya University, was among the favourites to be selected as the chairman of Karnataka Public Service Commission.

The enquiry was ordered by the varsity, after Ministry of Environment and Forests, levelled serious charges of misuse of government money and non-submission of completion report of the project on ‘Clean Technology for Waste Minimisation from Nutraceutical Industry’. A total cost of Rs 45.39 lakh was sanctioned for the project. Ahmed was also awarded another project worth Rs 62.28 lakh.

The letter from the Ministry, dated February 15, 2013, had recommended blacklisting Ahmed from receiving any projects from the Ministry. It had also suggested V G Talwar, former vice chancellor of University of Mysore to register an FIR against Ahmed for “violation of General Financial Rules of the government and stopping his salary with immediate effect.”

Following the letter, Venkatesh was appointed as enquiry officer by the varsity on December 2, 2013, to probe the complaints, which submitted its report, earlier this month. University sources said that an explanation has been sought from Ahmed.

“The report, along with his explanation will be placed in front of the Syndicate, before deciding on the line of action,” the source added.

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