September 29, 2020

Patna HC orders JP University to remove Jagdam college principal for gross misconduct

PATNA: The Patna high court on Friday ordered the Jai Prakash University to remove Jagdam college principal Krishna Kumar Baitha for his gross misconduct by not issuing order to bank authorities for disbursement of financial benefits even after handing a cheque to kin of a deceased employee Rajeshwar Pandey. The college is located at Chapra town in Saran district.

The bench of justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah gave the stern order while hearing a writ petition filed Pandey’s widow Bhagmati Devi.

The principal was physically present before the court during the hearing obeying the earlier order issued on April 24, as the court was keen to know why he had not issued orders to concerned bank authorities to disburse amount against the cheque issued to the widow by the college.

Baitha had issued a cheque to the widow liable for the financial benefits after her husband’s death. She had twice submitted the cheque to bank for en-cashing it but bank official denied en-cashing as they did not received endorsement-confirmation from principal on both occasions, which means that the person who has issued the cheque has not confirmed for payment. Here, it was the principal who was responsible for approving such transition.

The court had ordered the university to file counter affidavit appraising about the principal’s conduct on which the university had also filed counter affidavit that the district administration last year had complained against the principal for irregularities in the college during different examinations. Senior advocate Mahesh Narayan Parbat argued for the petitioner before the court in the case.

Bail of two BSSC scam accused rejected: The Patna high court on Friday rejected the regular bail petitions of Vinit Kumar and Pawan Kumar, both accused in the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) question leak scam which rocked the state in February last year. Both the bails were rejected by the bench of Justice Prabhat Kumar Jha. While Vinit was the Gujarat based printer who was given the responsibility of printing question papers of the four phased clerical grade examination conducted by BSSC, Pawan was a tout arrested from Bhoothnath road under Agamkuan police station area in Patna on February 4 last year. Additional public prosecutor Ajay Mishra argued for the state before the court both cases.

Courtesy: TNN

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