AHMEDABAD: Irregularities in awarding contract for swimming pool, contract for cleanliness and several other irregularities have been established against former vice chancellor of Gujarat University Adesh Pal.
The four-member advisory committee of Gujarat University has come to the conclusion that former vice-chancellor Adesh Pal had violated rules in awarding work contracts for projects worth Rs 15 crore. One such project was for a swimming pool at his official residence. Pal had also granted permission for a Master of Social Work course in a college where his son was employed, the advisory committee has stated.
University officials said that the advisory committee's probe report on allegations levelled against the former vice-chancellor is of 225 pages. The main report is 12 pages long but it has over 213 annexures and documents, the officials said.
The advisory committee has stated in its report that Pal had violated the rules and had abused Section 11(4) of the University Act which gives the vice-chancellor extraordinary powers to sanction works. Pal, however, had used this extraordinary authority to sanction almost all the works and had not taken approval of the GU Syndicate, the committee has stated.
According to university officials, the 12-page main report states that Pal had got his personal car refuelled and the expense for this was incurred by the Gujarat University exchequer. Similarly, Pal had given a contract for construction of a swimming pool at his official bungalow at the cost of Rs 32 lakh. Usually such works are approved by the university syndicate and the work has to be allotted after inviting bids. However, in the matter of the swimming pool's construction, Pal had asked the agency to begin work but had not even issued it a work order.
Officials further said that even while awarding the contract for cleanliness on the campus, instead of awarding it to the lowest bidder, Pal favoured an agency that had quoted the highest amount Rs 43 lakh for the contract. The officials claimed that the report says that the GU had decided to start the Master of Social work course but Pal approved the course for JG College where his son was working. Pal had also employed bouncers and gunmen without taking approval of the syndicate.
Vice-chancellor M N Patel said that the report had been received and that it would be placed before the syndicate committee. It would then be sent to the state government. He also said that a special meeting would be convened next week.Source:T.O.I