Bihar info panel asks univ to probe Mohali SPís degree

The State Information Commission of Bihar has ordered Magadh University, Bodhgaya, to give "correct information" on whether a superintendent of police posted in Punjab had been issued a genuine graduation certificate.

An inspector posted in Ludhiana, Anil Kumar Bhanot, had complained to the commission that Parampal Singh Gandhi, now posted as Mohali City II SP, had forged the certificate showing he graduated from Magadh University, Bodhgaya.

Gandhi had earlier faced investigations on similar charges in 2000 and was suspended last July, only for the order to be revoked this January. The Punjab government had given him a clean chit saying there was no need for repeated inquiries on similar allegations.

In his September 4 order, Bihar Information Commissioner Farzand Ahmed noted that Bhanot had received "contradictory information" on the officer's degree under the RTI Act. "In order to arrive at the truth, the Magadh University registrar is directly to set up a high-level team to probe the matter and avail correct information to the applicant within a month," the order said. The commission will hear the matter next on November 1, 2012.

Denying the allegations and claiming an attempt to "tarnish" his image, SP Gandhi said he had cleared his two-year BA course from Kisan College, Sohsarai (Nalanda), under Magadh University. He said though his academic session was 1987-89, the final examination was held in September 1991 and he was awarded his degree in 1993. His degree bears signature of "J Ahmed" as VC of Magadh University.

The SP alleged that Bhanot, who could not pass inspector examination the same year as him, had been "jealous of his success".

Bhanot said that in reply to his queries, university authorities had first cited a letter in 2007 to show that Gandhi was not "a student of the said college" and then issued a letter in 2011 saying Gandhi appeared in the 1991 examination.

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