NEW DELHI: Late on Wednesday night, the human resource development(HRD) ministry had to withdraw a file from Rashtrapati Bhavan that recommended sending Delhi University vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh on ‘forced leave’.
The HRD ministry had said that Dinesh Singh tried to derail the process of appointment of his successor. The ministry wanted Singh to be sent on ‘forced leave’ till it had sought legal opinion on the road ahead. It is believed President Pranab Mukherjee was not convinced if the DU VC should be punished with barely 20 days left of his term.
It is alleged that K Katurirangan, the DU executive council’s nominee to the search-cum-selection committee, had a conflict of interest as he is a visiting professor in the university. The DU statute is clear that the EC nominee should have nothing to do with the university. In fact, this was brought to HRD’s notice by Kasturirangan himself.
Sources said the DU administration first denied Kasturirangan had anything to do with the university. Later the HRD got a letter of February 1, 2013 in which Singh had asked Kasturirangan to join DU and even listed out perks he would get.
The ministry said the DU gameplan was that after the name of new VC is finalized, it would have been legally challenged pointing out Kasturirangan’s conflict-of-interest. “Singh would have continued as the officiating VC for more time,” the source said.
Had he gone on ‘forced leave’, Singh would have been the first DU VC in its 93 year existence to face this action.