The special vigilance unit (SVU) has sought prosecution sanction from the governor-cum-chancellor against former Magadh University vice chancellor Rajendra Prasad and 29 others, for their alleged involvement in a graft case. The SVU also submitted a 1000-page chargesheet against them.
SVU additional director general (ADG) NH Khan said the 1000-page chargesheet includes the details of disproportionate income of Prasad, who is presently under judicial custody, during his tenure as MU VC and acting VC of Veer Kunwar Singh University (Ara), which is ten times more than his known source of income.
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“The SVU has also requested the court to start proceedings against the former VC and others. Besides, we have also stumbled upon other irregularities against other officials and employees during investigations for which the competent authorities will be approached for departmental action,” he added.
The chargesheet revealed that Prasad and his subordinates were involved in financial irregularities worth ₹18 crore in the two universities.
The chargesheet has pointed to assets of Prasad worth ₹2.66 crore, which is allegedly 500% more than his valid income.
The former VC was charged with conniving with other key officials of the MU, including the MU registrar PK Verma, proctor Jainandan Singh, library in-charge Vinod Kumar and personal assistant to VC Subodh Kumar.
“Perhaps, it is a first case of its kind when top university officials were involved in a case of financial irregularity of this magnitude,” said an EOU official.
The EOU has arrested four of them including Prof Binod Kumar, Prof Jaynanadan Prasad Singh, PK Verma and Subodh Kumar and forwarded to judicial custody.
12 persons from Magadh University while nine from Veer Kunwar Singh University including registrar, financial advisor, exam controller, finance officer, were charge sheeted.