BENGALURU: The Department of Higher Education has recommended an inquiry against Prof Manjappa Hosamani, former vice-chancellor of Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Ballari, over allegations of corruption.
The file on the recommendation has been sent to Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande for approval.
Confirming the development, a top official of the department told Express, “We have sent two files — one about the inquiry and the other about his nomination to the committee for selection of a new vice-chancellor for Rani Chennamma University, Belagavi.”
As an inquiry against Hosamani has been recommended, the nomination to the search committee needs to be looked at, he said.
“As the search committee meeting is scheduled for January 13, it’s our duty to bring it to the notice of the minister,” he said.
Hosamani is the Governor’s nominee on the search committee and as per norms, if there are any inquiries, such persons cannot be given such responsibilities.
According to the complaint filed by the university registrar with the Principal Secretary to the Higher Education Department, Hosamani is facing allegations, including financial irregularities.
There are complaints against him by several professors of the university. Over 10 MLAs of North Karnataka had petitioned to the then V-C to remove him over corruption allegations.
Despite several attempts to reach him on phone, Hosamani could not be contacted.