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Former VC, staff of Makhanlal University of Journalism booked in Madhya Pradesh

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Former VC, staff of Makhanlal University of Journalism booked in Madhya Pradesh

Soon after coming to power, the new government constituted a three member committee to look into allegations of wrong doings between 2003 and 2018 - the period when the Madhya Pradesh government was led by the BJP.

The economic offences wing (EOW) of the Madhya Pradesh government on Sunday registered a case against former vice-chancellor of Makhanlal University of Journalism BK Kuthiyala and 19 other members of the faculty.

Soon after coming to power, the new government constituted a three member committee to look into allegations of wrong doings between 2003 and 2018 - the period when the Madhya Pradesh government was led by the BJP.

The alleged illegalities include financial wrongdoings and recruiting teaching faculty and administrative staff on the basis of their allegiance to a particular ideology.

The EOW registered a case after it received a report from the committee. Most of the allegations against the former VC include releasing funds to bodies considered close to the RSS. A release stated that Kuthiyala had paid Rs 8 lakh to ABVP and Rashtriya Gyan Sangam received Rs 9 lakh. The total amount the EOW claimed Kuthiyala had released was Rs 21.04 lakh. Besides this, he has been accused of spending university funds on members of his family.

Cases have been registered under sections 409, 420, 120 B and section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The action comes a week after income tax raids were conducted at the premises of family members and aides of Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Earlier this week, cases were registered by the EOW against unknown persons in connection with the e-tendering scam too.

The e-tendering scam took place during the tenure of previous BJP government.