Director of BHU institute booked for taking ‘false’ credit for research
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An FIR has been registered against the Director of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAgSc), Prof Ravi Pratap Singh, of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) alleging that he took credit for a research that he was not involved in.
Prof Singh, who also took over as the Chairman of the BHU's Press, Publication and Publicity (PPP) Cell four days ago, said that he was being victimised at the instance of the previous PPP Cell Chairman, Prof Rajesh Singh. The charge was denied by the latter. Both of them are associated with the IAgSc. Registrar (BHU), Prof G S Yadav, said: "We have come to know of the issue from the media. An internal inquiry would be ordered once we receive a formal complaint."
Senior Superintendent of Police (Varanasi), Ajay Kumar Mishra, said that the FIR was registered on the complaint of one Harikesh Bahadur Singh at Lanka police station on Tuesday. "The matter pertains to the accused allegedly showing somebody else's work as his own," said Mishra.
The FIR has been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to cheating, forgery, using forged document as genuine, and also criminal intimidation.
Complainant Harikesh, a farmer from Khumbha Devri village in Azamgarh (also having a house in Varanasi) told The Indian Express: "Last year in October 2012, I had met Prof Singh, who had advised me to take the seeds of two varieties of paddy, free of cost, under a government programme for improving paddy yield. He claimed that they were of high yielding variety. However, the crop got infected and the yield was very poor. When I began inquiring with Prof Singh about the failure of seeds, he began evading me."
Harikesh further added that then he filed RTI applications seeking the names of those who had researched on the paddy varieties in question.