Audit committee unearths Rs 14-crore scam in UoM

University of Mysore (UoM) authorities have landed in a soup as members of the Audit Committee of Karnataka Legislature unearthed a Rs 14 crore scam in the varsity.

During a meeting here on Tuesday, the committee also charged that UoM authorities with failure to produce documents for Rs 120 crore spent on various works from 1989.

Committee president and K R Nagar MLA Sa Ra Mahesh, who chaired the meeting held at the varsity, said that the authorities had failed to initiate legal action against those involved in the irregularities.

According to the committee members, the authorities have misused Rs 14 crore funds allotted for various works from 1989.

Though the documents available expose the irregularities, the authorities have failed to initiate action against the violators, he said. As per the documents, the authorities paid the contractors well before the stipulated time while some other contractors received excess payment too, Mahesh said.

He said the UoM authorities have failed to submit documents for Rs 120 crore spent on various works from 1989. However, an authority of UoM claimed that no documents are available for the works pertaining to the said money. The committee members warned the authorities of legal action if they fail to furnish the documents within three months.

The committee members also pointed out that Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) authorities had not recovered the money spent for purchasing stationery, in violation of norms.

According to members, Rs 8 crore was misused and the authorities have recovered only Rs 4 crore so far. “Though the cost of a marks card is Rs 2.50, the authorities have paid Rs 36 per card. The authorities have also procured 18 lakh mark sheets where as the requirement was for only one lakh. The committee members warned the authorities to recover the remaining Rs 4 crore with interest within three months.

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