The managing committee of Chinmaya Degree College in Haridwar has suspended college principal Alok Kumar, after a slew of charges were filed against him, including “mismanagement, embezzlement/misappropriation of funds, lack of integrity, willful neglect of duties, scandalous conduct including moral turpitude and insubordination”.
The principal described the charges as “frivolous, fabricated and baseless”, and has refused to hand over charge. He said the managing committee action was “arbitrary and against rules”. “I will meet the university vice-chancellor Annapoorna Nautiyal and put the entire case before her,” he told.
The college is affiliated to HNB Garhwal University (HNBGU), Srinagar. As per rules, suspension of a principal is valid only after the university approves it. The managing committee has sent the case for the university’s approval, said sources.
Kumar was issued a showcause on June 16, 2020, to which he replied on June 29. On July 25, he was issued a chargesheet, containing charges similar to the showcause notice. He was issued another chargesheet on August 14, to which Kumar replied on August 31. After going through the replies and documents submitted by Kumar, the managing committee concluded his
defence was “unsatisfactory”. At a meeting on September 10, they decided to initiate an inquiry into the two chargesheets by an inquiry officer, and to place Kumar under suspension “with immediate effect pending inquiry”, the letter of suspension issued to him on September 12 reads.
Kumar filed a petition in Nainital high court against the August 14 chargesheet, contending it was issued “in malice” and there were “no bonafides” in them. He urged that he be allowed “to continue to work peacefully as principal” of the college. The court said the charges “cannot be said to be malafide or issued with an ulterior motive”, and that “there is substantial material to justify the charges”. “For the aforesaid reasons, the petition being devoid of merit is dismissed,” the court added