Associations press NEHU to permit CBI probe

Shillong, April 20: The MeCAW, MeTTA and NEHUTA have demanded that the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) grants permission for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into what they termed as the ‘feeder pillar scam’ today.
In a statement issued today, the three bodies expressed shock to learn that the CBI sought permission to investigate ‘replacement of feeder pillar in hostel and residential areas’ that involves officials, who allegedly violated norms of tendering and especially resolutions of the Building Committee of the University.
The three associations also demanded that the CBI be granted permission, if it has sought such permission, without any further delay to investigate into the illegalities committed in the said case so that the guilty are brought to justice.
“The amount of taxpayers’ money that is wasted by such corrupt practice of violation of rules and norms is a grave and serious mischief which cannot be played around,” they said.
“It is learnt that the Registrar, being the secretary of the important committee did not brief on all the facts and placed them on record before the work order was issued to a party of choice by the Engineer concerned,” they alleged.
We demand that the matter is fully investigated. Any delay in investigating the matter on the part of NEHU shall amount to hiding the corrupt officials and conniving with them,” they further added.
They also said that in the larger public interest, NEHU being a Central University should not sidetrack such a serious revelation. The taxpayers’ money that is wasted does not belong to individuals, but to the Government and the people.
The three associations also sought details regarding the approval to issue the work order to the party in absence of the Vice-Chancellor.
“If it was the Pro-VC who was acting as VC on that day of issuing the approval for work order and who later became the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), the matter becomes even graver,” they pointed out.