Missing books at CVS: Delhi college probe panel points to ‘irregularities’

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Retired Delhi HC Judge Justice S N Dhingra, who was inquiring into ‘missing’ books at the College of Vocational Studies (CVS) which had been paid for however by no means landed within the library, has discovered “irregularities” within the course of of buying these books. He additionally indicted the principal for hushing up the matter.

The Indian Express had reported final September that the college bought 180 books price Rs 1 lakh from 2015-18 that by no means reached the library. A one-man committee comprising the then Convenor of the Verification Committee, S Okay Bhatia, was arrange in 2019 to look into the matter. Bhatia’s report stated 180 books had been “not obtained/procured/received from suppliers”. He laid the blame squarely on the SPA (semi-professional assistant) who, he stated, “kept receiving lesser number of books than ordered but signing the receipt for all books ordered from book sellers”.

However, in August final yr, the Governing Body determined to arrange an “independent enquiry committee” to probe the matter and “fix responsibility”, and Dhingra was given the job.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Dhingra confirmed he had submitted the report on March 16 to the previous GB chairman who had arrange the committee, and despatched copies to all GB members. “I found irregularities (in the process). Books were paid for but not supplied. Verification Committee members were negligent. They verified 70 books without being physically present for the verification. There was no clear policy followed in purchasing these books. For foreign books, official exchange rate was not followed. The lowest most person was made the scapegoat; accounts department took no responsibility,” he stated.

Dhingra additionally stated principal Inderjeet Dagar ensured the matter “doesn’t rise”. “Around 70-90 orders among these books were given to publishers who published his (Dagar’s) books. He tried to push everything under the carpet,” he stated.

Dagar refused to reply to allegations: “I will not be able to comment till the report is made public, but the process (of inquiry) has not been fair and objective.”

In an electronic mail alternate with former GB Chairman B C Tripathy Friday, Dagar stated there have been “many issues” “with regard to the… enquiry”. “Let me bring to your kind notice that sealed report of the enquiry committee has to submitted to Chairman GB only and… opened in the GB meeting. Sending a copy to each member is wrong,” he stated.

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