The governing body of Kalindi College, sent its Principal on a forced leave last Wednesday after discrepancies were found in the audit by CAG which was followed by a protest from DUTA.
The Comptroller and Audit General of India (CAG) found financial irregularities in the audit of Kalindi College and the governing body forced the Principal to go on a leave to conduct a proper uninfluenced investigation. The governing body said that they just wanted to conduct a deeper investigation in the matter and wanted the investigation to proceed uninfluenced and that was the reason for sending the principal on a forced leave. As soon as the incident took place the Delhi Union Teachers Association (DUTA) reached the college and protested against the action and demanded immediate solution regarding the forced leave. The teachers argued that there was no such financial irregularity.
Rajib Ray, President of DUTA, speaking to DU Beat said “I reached the college at around 8 in the evening and we impressed upon the governing body that in such matters they can’t remove any teacher (Principal included) as it did not fall under their domain. They could set an investigation for facts finding and then if facts support the decision they have to report to the university and then only can such an action can be taken. The governing body realised their mistake and the decision was reversed. Ordinance 18 is to be followed in matters like these where a prima facie committee is formed and only if the committee finds any discrepancies after initial investigation the governing body can request the University to take actions like sending a teacher on a forced leave.”
The teachers’ deny of any irregularity in the financial audit and stand firm that whatever happened was wrong. The Principal Ms. Anula Maurya could not be reached for a comment on the incident.
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An audit report was done by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), University of Delhi reveal irregularities regarding appointments, land acquisition, income tax etc. They assessed several financial and administrative irregularities in its audit report of DU. These irregularities were assessed earlier this year. A lot of questions were raised on the university’s alleged “adventurous expenditure”. The document was titled “Inspection report on the accounts of University of Delhi for the year 2014-16”. It was compiled by the Director General of Audit, Central Expenditure and highlighted various irregularities in appointments, land acquisitions, income tax etc.
For 2014-16 audit, CAG gave 11 inspection reports and 60 outstanding paragraphs which were struck down to eight inspection reports and 34 outstanding paragraphs after due process of explanation. Sources say, when the audit was closed, there were only 20 or so paragraphs left outstanding. These outstanding paragraphs, too, are being worked on by the university. Earlier, in transactional audits, at times, the university used to have around 200 outstanding paragraphs.
A law student along with an advocate, Mohit K. Gupta, had filed an RTI with the CAG in July this year. The audit includes 16 faculties and 77 colleges. The audit has questioned the treatment of the post of registrar on deputation basis and termed purchase of iMac computers for routine work in South Campus as “unauthorized expenditure” worth Rs 24.95 lakhs. The report also highlighted that the University press had been under-utilized and incurred losses from 2009-15. It showed that the press had not paid expenses amounting to Rs 1.30 crore and had idle equipments worth Rs 36 lakhs. The non-payment resulted in the outsourcing of the work causing losses amounting to Rs 1.40 crores to the Faculty of Law.
Not only this, the report also revealed that the university had incurred heavy losses due to the parallel running of feeder buses along with campus bus services without any feasibility analysis. A source in the Vice-Chancellor’s office said that the University was working on the outstanding paragraphs and would respond any further queries by the CAG.
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