PROF SK. BHALLA
“Why a fake, instigated and false inquiry was completed within 02 working days only? Why no schedule caste faculty member was incorporated in the inquiry committee? Why Dr. Chander Shekhar was not given an opportunity to be heard and prove his innocence and rather suspension order was imposed upon him hurriedly? Why role of Prof. Bakshi, Prof. Alka and other members of committee, Prof. Arvind Jasrotia and even the VC should not come under scanner and should be probed thoroughly and Why there were severe violations of the rules and the procedures of the committee against sexual harassment?” The aforesaid is from the memorandum submitted to LG on 14.09.2022 by Jammu & Kashmir Reserved Categories Empowerment Alliance (JKRCEA).
On the auspicious birthday of the Maharaja of the erstwhile state of J&K who stood for justice and fair play the aforesaid questions are continuously nagging Team Civil Vigilance Cell and a few of the civil society of J&K. Insensitivity over a sensitive issue raises too many questions at a time when a photo of the deceased Prof in extraordinary circumstances is going viral.
At SMVDU reportedly some have been shifted by VC to douse the fires but here at JU extraordinary immaturity on the part of the concerned is visible. Errant officials must be shown the door without delay. We are told that a new CASH committee is in the offing but that is nothing but a cosmetic surgery. Why be cagey about the real issue? The people of our UT are either uninformed or misinformed about the inconvenient truths. A second appeal has been made by Mr. Umesh Rai to defuse the crisis and an attempt was made for operation camaraderie which has no takers.
Insiders in the JU are openly talking about sell out by the office bearers of JUTA as some have their own axe to grind. May be it is gibberish which may be contested and detested by Pankaj Shrivastava today. The stance of a student body aligned to BJP is enigmatic. When they were out of power sufficient man days were lost in the past on flimsy issues sometimes and now when they are ruling the body language and vocabulary has completely changed. This is the way of the world.
Some say that the likely to be out SIT report shall be one eyed justice. So some fears are there that local personnel will not be in a position to produce a fool proof report.
While talking to an Activist I was told that some PIL is the need of the hour in the light of attempts at ducking for cover as also immature and impish concerns of a few. Let’s wait and watch for a few days before a considered decision is taken.
I am painfully recording that majority of our folk are dumb founded but a few told me that the Boss of JU is being remote controlled. Yeh public hai sab jaanti hai. The need of the hour is in the first instance to issue a cryptic order to replace all those who have acted without proper application of mind. No more appeals. Someone told me that at the University 02 upper caste lobbies are operational. Shall someone contest this contemptuous proposition or it is a mere propaganda.
(The author is a retired Principal from J&K Higher Education Dept and is a known anti corruption crusader and owns Civil Vigilance Cell)