After an emergency meeting, JNU suspends a teacher for “embezzlement of 88 lakh of Rs”

Jawaharlal Nehru University suspended a senior professor from the School of Environmental Sciences with immediate effect on charges of “embezzlement” of over Rs 88 lakh. JNU’s Executive Council also agreed to file a complaint with the police and transfer the case to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

The decision was made during an emergency EC meeting on Friday called specifically for this purpose. Sources said the alleged financial embezzlement was linked to some projects Professor AL Ramanathan worked on, which received funding from the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Department of Science and Technology.

Ramanathan declined to comment on the matter.

The JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) has alleged that his suspension “without ministerial inquiry” appears to be a “hastily executed cover-up of what appears to be a deeper and broader case of financial mess.” VC Mr. Jagadesh Kumar, Rector I Chintamani Mahapatra and Registrar Ravikesh did not respond to calls or texts seeking comment. The decision was taken on the basis of an inquiry committee, set up after the last EC meeting held on September 2.

“… As a teachers’ association, we are concerned about the lack of transparency that guided decision-making on this issue, as no documents were provided in advance to EC members during the deliberations on the issue. question, ”the JNUTA statement read.