Bangalore University Registrar - Evaluation, Prof R K Somashekar, on Tuesday questioned the state government’s decision to order an inquiry into the allegations made against him.
Based on the allegations, the Department of Higher Education appointed a former vice-chancellor to conduct inquiry against Somashekar (Express was the first to report it on October 26, 2013).
On Tuesday, BU Academic Council members raised the issue at the council meeting and demanded Somashekar’s resignation.
Sanjeev Kubakaddi, member of the council said, “When the inquiry is on, how can the official sign as a Registrar? He should go on leave till the inquiry is completed.” However, Sanjeev said, they are going to give a representation to the Principal Secretary to Higher Education Department.
Reacting to this, V-C B Thimme Gowda said, “The Registrar was appointed by the state government, which has the authority to send him and I have nothing to say on this issue. As he is my distant relative, I refuse to conduct inquiry at the university level and hence wrote to the government to conduct an inquiry at its level.”
While, Somashekar said, “I am not trying to protect myself, but I have a clean image and all the allegations are baseless. I don’t understand why the government is conducting inquiry of a case which is already inquired and a report is submitted by a retired justice.”