Odisha varsity to ask Crime Branch to probe corruption

: Berhampur University authorities have decided to recommend the State Crime Branch to investigate allegation of irregularities and kickbacks during the purchase of one crore rupees-worth books for its Distance Education Centre.

Syndicate of Berhampur University in its last meeting had approved the proposal for crime branch enquiry into the allegation. On Monday, Vice-Chancellor of the university also approved the proposal of the syndicate paving the way for the crime branch enquiry. Information regarding irregularities during purchase of books for the Distance Education Centre had come to fore during the local fund audit as well as audit by Accounts General (AG). Based on this, the university syndicate had felt it needed proper investigation which could be done by the crime branch.

The allegation of irregularity during the book purchase is related to books procured by the Distance Education Centre during 2013-14. Books worth one crore rupees had been procured from a Mumbai based publishing house.

The syndicate of Berhampur University had found irregularities in some bills as well as in provision of concession.

The concerned publishing house of Mumbai has also sent a legal notice to Berhampur University demanding the release of its dues.

The company has asked the university to pay 1,50,00,000 rupees which includes 22 per cent interest on its dues.

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