Kolkata: Expressing solidarity, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Friday issued a statement saying that it expects the Governor to provide justice to the Vice-Chancellor, professors and students who have been subjected to unprecedented harassment and assault.The release comes soon after the Raj Bhavan issued a statement on Friday morning questioning the role of Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das and the police administration in providing adequate security arrangements when Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar went to the campus after receiving news of Union minister Babul Supriyo remaining confined for a long time as he faced protests from students affiliated to two Left-leaning organisations. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We always respect the post of Governor because it is a Constitutional post. Our expectation is that Governor must give justice to the Vice-Chancellor, professors, students. We are always with the teachers and the student communities,” read the statement issued by Chatterjee. It further reiterated that the culprits who assaulted the students including the girl students of Jadavpur University and ransacked the campus should be punished. It also mentioned that the administration played a very peaceful role to resolve the problem amicably. “One thing must be made very clear: universities are autonomous institutions and as per time-honoured tradition, police cannot enter university campus without permission of V-C,” the statement read. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDas had said on Thursday that he would not ask police to enter the campus and would prefer to resign after the Governor had directed him to do so. Jadavpur Registrar Snehamanju Basu issued a press release stating that the university believes that the campus cannot be administered with the help of police and it provokes adverse implications. “It was due to the pursuance of university’s teachers and employees, not the intervention of police, that led to the withdrawal of the blockade infront of His Excellency (Governor’s) car in the spot,” the release read. Chatterjee had earlier issued a statement on Thursday night soon after the so-called ‘rescue act’ of the Governor terming the episode of the latter’s campus visit as most “unfortunate and shocking”. The statement on Friday highlighted that the TMC sticks to its earlier stand which stated that the Governor went to the campus even after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spoke to him and repeatedly asked him not to visit the campus and requested him to give some time to the state government to peacefully resolve the issue and bring the situation under control. The Raj Bhavan’s statement on Friday read: “Before his visit to the university, the Governor and Chancellor exhausted all possible avenues that could bring an end to the unsavoury spectacle by flagging the issue with the Director General of Police and Chief Secretary.”
New Delhi: With the Uttar Pradesh Assembly bypoll around the corner, the CBI on Monday registered the sixth FIR in connection with irregularities of renewing sand mining leases in UP’s Saharanpur during the Samajwadi Party government in the state, naming two senior IAS officers, who were at the time posted as District Magistrates in the area.The Central Bureau of Investigation subsequently on Tuesday started conducting search operations at 11 locations in Saharanpur, Lucknow and Dehradun at premises of all the accused in the case. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Lucknow residence of Ajay Kumar Singh, currently posted as a Secretary in the UP Khadi and Village Industries Board, was raided by CBI officials, from where Rs 15 lakh in cash and property documents pertaining to one commercial and one residential plot were recovered. The other seraches were conducted at the premises of IAS officer Pawa Kumar, currently posted as a Special Secretary in the Housing and Urban Development Department of the state government and lease holders of 13 mining contracts, who had allegedly conspired with both the public servants to unduly get their leases renewed. These raids resulted in the recovery of several incriminating documents that are being analysed, officials here said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiAccording to this recent FIR, the CBI has alleged that Singh and Kumar had conspired with at least 10 lease holders in Saharanpur to get their leases renewed, in violation of a 2012 state government order that asked administrations to call for e-tendering in case of lease renewals. First, Singh, who was DM of the district from 2012 to 2014 had renewed 13 mining leases in favour of the accused without calling for e-tender, between August and November of 2012. This renewal was for a period of three years. Then in 2015, the CBI alleged that Kumar unduly renewed these 13 leases of the accused again without calling for e-tender. Singh is an IAS officer of the UP cadre from the 1998-batch and Kumar is of the same cadre from the 2008-batch. They are the recent additions in the list of bureaucrats who have been booked by the central agency in connection with the snad mining corruption scandal in the state. Just a few months back the CBI had booked Abhay Singh and Vivek in connection with mining lease irregularities in Deoria and Fatehpur districts. This recent FIR has been converted from a preliminary enquiry the agency had registered on orders from the Supreme Court of India, after the Allahabad High Court had ordered the CBI to register six other PEs in connection with the case. In total, the CBI had registered seven PEs to look into irregularities in granting and renewal of sand mining leases in the districts of Deoria, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Shamli, Hamirpur, Saharanpur and one other district. The CBI had named now-infamous IAS officer B Chandrakala in the Hamirpur case in January this year and also listed former Mining Minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government, Gayatri Prajapati as an accused in the Fatehpur case, adding that Mining Ministers during the period under probe will be coming under the scanner. Yadav himself was Mining Minister in the UP government for a short time when his government was in poer in the state.