Dibrugarh University
Dibrugarh University

Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi has through a notification formed a four-member fact-finding committee to enquire into the alleged financial irregularities involving the Dibrugarh University vice-chancellor Ranjit Tamuli.

The four-member team will be headed by Preetom Saikia, commissioner and secretary of the secondary education department.

The other members include the commissioner of upper Assam Moloy Bora, scientific officers of the Assam directorate of forensic science, Rajiv Sensua and Israphil Musahari.

According to the notification, the committee will enquire into various allegations of financial irregularities and verify and authenticate signature, handwriting etc in documents.

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It will also examine documents and ascertain facts and interact with various persons and do all the necessary (as per law) in order to unearth facts.

Recently, the Dibrugarh University unit of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) staged a protest in front of the vice chancellor’s office at the university campus alleging rampant financial irregularities done by VC Ranjit Tamuli.

The students’ body has accused Tamuli of being involved in gross financial irregularities and mismanagement of public funds by misusing his position and power.

There have also been allegations of Tamuli submitting forged invoices to withdraw public funds.

It has been alleged that during the Covid-19 pandemic the VC purchased a luxury car and violated the order issued by the Assam government, which had banned the purchase of all sorts of vehicles except ambulance and vehicles required for police duty.

The Dibrugarh University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) also recently appealed to the Assam governor-cum-chancellor of the university to institute a high-level probe into the alleged financial irregularities and misuse of public funds.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com