A meeting of the Federation for People’s Rights and other organisations urged Pondicherry University Vice-Chancellor Prof Chandra Krishnamurthy to give the go-ahead to the CBI to prosecute a top university official in connection with alleged irregularities in giving approval to a private engineering college.
K Sugumaran, secretary of the Federation for People’s Rights, said the CBI had sought the permission of the Pondicherry University to prosecute Dr S Hariharan, who was allegedly instrumental in giving approval for the private engineering college near Chennai, in violation of admission norms in 2005-2006. Dr Hariharan was then an expert member of the All India Council for Technical Education.
After investigation, the CBI had sought permission to prosecute the official in 2010, but the university had declined. The CBI had again made the request to the university in January this year, he added.
Sugumaran said Dr Hariharan, who was appointed as dean in-charge of the College Development Council, should be relieved from the post and placed under suspension till the CBI proceedings into the allegations against him were over.
The meeting, which was held in front of the Pondicherry University, was attended by leaders such as Alagiri, Jaganathan, G C Chandiran and Abubacker.
In the meeting, it was also decided to sent a letter to the Vice-chancellor, drawing her attention to the inadequate hostel facilities, unhygienic food in the college mess and reservation for local students.