Vice Chancellor Vinay Pathak took charge after a long leave, CBI investigation underway on corruption charges

Kanpur News: Vinay Kumar Pathak, Vice-Chancellor of Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, who is facing Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe on corruption charges, took over on Monday after 85 days long medical leave. accepted. Vishal Sharma, public relations officer of the university, told that soon after taking charge, Pathak held several separate meetings with the teachers and staff. However, Pathak refused to talk to media persons.

The security personnel stopped them (media personnel) from entering the Vice Chancellor’s camp office saying that they have been instructed not to allow anyone inside due to Pathak’s unwell health. Sharma told that during the meeting, Pathak told the staff members to ‘nac’. Instructed to prepare yourself for the assessment and work for a better grade.

Pathak has been accused of corruption and kidnapping

Since Pathak reached his camp office on Sunday evening, security has been tightened in the campus including the Vice Chancellor (VC) office and the camp office. Sharma said that the Vice-Chancellor has taken charge again after a long break of 85 days. He also held committee-wise meetings of all the members for the proposed convocation on 16 February. Significantly, Pathak is facing a CBI probe on charges of corruption, extortion and kidnapping. The Allahabad High Court had on Wednesday granted bail to Ajay Mishra, accused in a corruption case along with Pathak in Kanpur. Passing the order, the Lucknow bench of the court observed that Pathak (53) has been named as the main accused in the case, but neither the Special Task Force (STF) nor the CBI has questioned him so far. 

Pathak took Rs 1.41 crore bribe from the company 

Justice Rajesh Singh Chauhan’s division bench passed the order on Mishra’s bail plea. The bench also said that the CBI is still probing the matter and at this stage it cannot be said that how much time the central agency will take to complete the probe. The Uttar Pradesh Police had registered an FIR against Pathak on October 29 last year on charges of extortion, corruption and hostage-taking. After this, co-accused in the case Ajay Mishra and his three alleged accomplices were arrested. The STF probing the matter later served a notice to Pathak, but he did not turn up for questioning.

Complainant David Mario Dennis had alleged that Pathak took a bribe of around Rs 1.41 crore for a project allotted to his company. Later the investigation of the case was handed over to the CBI. The central agency had registered a case against Pathak on January 7, 2023. 

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