No police complaint yet in re-evaluation scam
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A fortnight after the alleged re-evaluation scam in the University of Pune came to light, the varsity administration hasn't lodged a formal complaint with the police, triggering doubts among academicians about its seriousness in the matter.
A section of varsity officials feel that a formal complaint was crucial for speedy investigation and to bring to book the culprits involved. The university's reluctance to file a complaint has also raised questions as to whether the administration was serious about thorough probe into the matter and punish those involved.
The investigation by police in dummy students racket in Poona College had revealed that the suspects arrested were also allegedly operating a racket of passing students who failed in exams by facilitating an increase in their marks during answer paper re-evaluation.
The police had also recovered names of about 16 students who are believed to have paid money to the suspects for getting their marks increased in April 2012 examination.
Vice-Chancellor W N Gade refused to reveal if the university was planning to file a police complaint. He told The Indian Express, "Many developments are taking place in the case which are confidential. I don't think it would be proper to discuss them with the media."
Though the university administration formed a three-member fact finding committee to probe the alleged scam, no progress seems to have taken place in the investigations. Nothing is done by the police also. "We only investigated the dummy student racket following a complaint filed in the Cantonment police station. We are not probing the re-evaluation scam," said Nitin Jadhav, investigating officer.
No university official has briefed the media about the development in the probe. On Monday, the three members of the committee were either not available or refused to comment.
Sources close to the fact-finding committee said the most important step for the university at this stage would be to register a formal complaint with the police — a thought shared by academicians.