The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has carried out raids at the Visva Bharati University, one of the finest universities of West Bengal on Tuesday to investigate the alleged financial irregularities against the former vice-chancellor of the Shantiniketan-based university, Sushanta Dattagupta, during his stint at the esteemed institute.
Based on a reference received from the Central government in this matter, the renowned investing agency registered a case against Dattagupta and also started searching for leads at seven places, simultaneously, in this morning. Among the seven places, a CBI team with two officers arrived at the university today and carried out raids at several offices for hours, not to mention, seized multiple documents too. Another team was also carrying out raids at Sushanta Dattagupta’s Saltlake residence.
Earlier in February, Duttagupta was sacked from his post of vice-chancellor by The President of India Pranab Mukherjee himself due to the allegations of financial irregularities charged against him. For your information, Mr Mukherjee is also the honorary chancellor of the Visva Bharati University.
Among many charges tagged against Duttagupta, the most vicious allegation is that the Padmashri winning professor continued to draw a salary from the university founded by Rabindranath Tagore, along with a pension every month from Jawaharlal Nehru University without getting it deducted from his pay. The master of statistical mechanics, dissipative quantum systems, fluctuation spectroscopy, nanomaterials and quantum optics, Sushanta was also charged with making 25 illegal appointments, who failed to meet the meeting criteria, during his span at the Visva Bharati University. Some serious probes such as reimbursing his personal bills including that of the cost of liquor were also raised against him.