Karnataka High Court refuses relief to Professor Rangappa and others in KSOU probe

The finance officer of KSOU had booked criminal cases against two professors in relation to certain irregularities during their term at the open university.

Published: 29th November 2016 03:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th November 2016 03:38 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday refused to quash the FIR and criminal proceedings initiated against two former vice-chancellors and other officials of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU).

The finance officer of KSOU had booked criminal cases against professor K S Rangappa, the current vice-chancellor of University of Mysore and professor M G Krishnan at Jayalakshmipuram police station in Mysuru in relation to certain irregularities during their term at the open university.

The cases were based on the recommendations made by the governor, after the one-man committee of Justice Bhaktavatsala, former judge of High Court, submitted a report on irregularities at the varsity.

Justice Anand Byrareddy dismissed the petitions challenging the FIRs registered against the varsity officials and vacated the stay given to criminal proceedings pending against them.

The decision comes as a setback to the accused as they will have to face the trial now.

"It would not be for this court to prevent or stall the investigations or further proceedings against the petitioners even before commencement of trial," the judgment read.

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