Misuse of Nalanda funds? BJP leader Swamy asks CBI to file FIR against Amartya Sen
New Delhi, Feb 27: The BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has lodged a complaint with Central Bureau of Investigation, requesting it to register a case against Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. Citing CAG report on the alleged misuse of funds in world-acclaimed Nalanda university , Swamy has sought a thorough investigation in the matter.
This has come to fore days after Sen accused that government does not want him to continue in the chair. Peeved with the government muddling in university affair, Amartya Sen had withdrawn his candidature for a second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University in Bihar.
According to the Hindu report, BJP leader who has recently pushed many politicians to the wall, including Sonia Gandhi in National Herald case has written a letter to CBI.
He demanded that case should be registered under various Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Sen.
"The FIR may be registered, inter alia, on the basis of audit reports of the CAG for defalcation and reckless misuse of funds, and lack of accountability, criminal breach of trust, criminal misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement of about Rs.3,000 crore of taxpayers' money", letter said.
Earlier, Nobel laureate, who has long been a critic of Modi, in a letter to the Governing Board of the University blamed the absence of government's approval for delay in nod from the Visitor, President Pranab Mukherjee, to his name even though the recommendation was sent to him over a month back.
"Non-action (by government) is a time-wasting way of reversing a board decision, when the government has, in principle, the power to act or not act...It is hard for me not to conclude that the government wants me to cease being the chancellor of Nalanda University after July, and technically, it has the power to do so. "This delay, as well as the uncertainty involved, is leading, in effect, to a decisional gap, which is not helpful to Nalanda University's governance and its academic progress.
"I have, therefore, decided that in the best interest of Nalanda University, I should exclude myself from being considered for continuing as chancellor beyond this July, despite the unanimous recommendation and urging of the governing board for me to continue," he has written.