Guv forces KSOU to act against tainted officials

Following intervention by Raj Bhavan, Bengaluru, authorities at Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) have initiated criminal proceedings against former deputy registrar (administration), H L Vishwanath and five others accused in the marks card scam.

In a reminder issued by the Governor’s office, also the office of chancellor of universities,  KSOU authorities  have been instructed to file a criminal complaint against the accused in the jurisidictional (Jayalakshmipuram) police station, at the earliest, failing which action would be initiated against the Vice-chancellor, said sources. When contacted KSOU VC  Prof M G Krishnan said that ‘criminal proceedings have been initiated, this morning or yesterday’.

Krishnan also confirmed that a reminder by the Governor’s office was received on Tuesday. “It sought details on whether criminal proceedings have been initiated against the accused. In case it was not, the Governor’s office has instructed us to do so at the earliest,” he said.

When contacted, authorities at Jayalakshmipuram  police station, said that no such criminal complaint has been received from the said university.

First notice
On May 13, the Governor’s office had issued a notice to KSOU to suspend the officials, and initiate criminal proceedings against the accused. The varsity was also asked to launch a departmental enquiry into the irregularities.

The notice was following a report submitted by retired High Court judge Justice K Bhakavatsala of One Man Fact Finding Committee, who is probing the irregularities at KSOU.

However, KSOU had preferred to issue a show cause notice to Vishwanath only on the eve of his retirement, on May 30.

The charge
H L Vishwanath and five others were involved in tampering more than 300 marks cards of BA and B Com graduates between 2006 and 2009. The five others include Chandan T C, first division clerk; A V Uma, deputy registrar (retired six months ago); Somashekaraiah, assistant registrar (retired more than five years ago); Kalyani C, daily wage employee and Rajesh, former agent to whom marks card exercise was outsourced.

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