Maritime University suspends its Chennai’s campus Director

November 1, 2014

The executive council of Indian Maritime University initiated disciplinary action against P Vijayan, director of its Chennai campus in Uthandi, and issued suspension orders to him on Friday. The order says the decision was taken in the aftermath of the anti-corruption bureau of the CBI filing a chargesheet against Vijayan, who is also the former vice-chancellor of the university, in a disproportionate asset case registered against him in 2011. The order also says the ministry of shipping communicated the consent of the President, in his position as the visitor of the university, for initiating disciplinary action against Vijayan on October 16. However, when contacted Vijayan, said he had not received any suspension order yet and he was a victim of a conspiracy. " The decision was taken at the executive council meeting of the university and the suspension order has been issued," said IMU registrar, C Mohan. As per the suspension order, the joint director of the anti-corruption bureau of CBI officially informed the university on September 24 that a chargesheet was filed against Vijayan in the disproportionate assets case. CBI charged Vijayan on September 23, charging him with possessing 1.88 crore worth assets, about 86.26 % in excess of his declared source of income, during the period under investigation, from March 1, 1995 to January 13, 2011. The CBI also raided his office at the university campus in Uthandi and his residence in Kottivakkam and recovered documents and evidence to build the case. "I have already approached the high court as there is a conspiracy against me at the university. I have not received any suspension order. I am also appointed by the ministry of shipping and hence only the ministry has authority to take disciplinary action against me," said Vijayan. Vijayan was the first vice-chancellor of the university after its launch in 2008. The university was constituted during the term of DMK leader TR Baalu as minister for shipping, road transport and highways. Apart from Chennai, the university has campuses at Kochi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and Kandla (in Gujarat).

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