Last updated: January 25, 2023, 11:50 AM IST
Vinay Kumar Pathak, who is accused of corruption, was back to work after nearly three months sick leave (Representative/File Photo)
Shortly after taking charge, Vinay Kumar Pathak held several meetings with the teachers and staffers separately, Vishal Sharma, CSJMU’s Public Relations Officer told PTI
Vice Chancellor of Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Vinay Kumar Pathak, who has been accused of corruption, was back to work on Monday after nearly three months of sick leave.
Shortly after taking charge, Pathak held several meetings with the teachers and staff separately, CSJMU Public Relations Officer Vishal Sharma told PTI by phone.
However, he refused to associate with media persons who were also barred from entering the campus. Security has also been tightened on campus.
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During the meeting, Pathak instructed staff members to prepare for the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) evaluation and to work towards better grades.
Sharma said the VC has rejoined after 85 days of sick leave.
The VC also held committee-wise meetings of all members ahead of the convocation ceremony expected to take place on February 16, he added.
On Wednesday, the Allahabad High Court granted bail to Ajay Mishra, who was charged along with the VC in a corruption case.
Passing the warrant, the court’s Lucknow bench noted that while Pathak (53) is said to be the prime suspect in the case, neither the Special Task Force (STF) nor the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have charged him until now have questioned.
The District Court Rajesh Singh Chauhan approved the order on Mishra’s bail application and said that the CBI is now investigating the case and it cannot be said at this stage how much time will be required for the federal agency to complete the investigation.
Uttar Pradesh Police filed an FIR against Pathak on October 29 last year on charges of extortion, corruption and wrongful imprisonment.
This was followed by the arrests of three of his alleged accomplices, including Mishra.
The STF had notified Pathak, but he had not turned up for questioning.
The complainant, David Mario Denis, had alleged that Pathak took 15 percent of about Rs 1.41 crore for a project assigned to his company.
The CBI registered the case against Pathak on January 7.
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