Irregularities in Karnataka State Open University (KSOU)

This Monday the Karnataka High Court directed the additional chief secretary to Higher Education Department to submit the report of status on the irregularities in Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) in a sealed cover.

This report would be based on an investigation that has been arrived out based ona FIR registered over the alleged irregularities in KSOU. This FIR involves former VCs K S Rangappa and M G Krishnan. A notice to KSOU chancellor, additional Chief Secretary to Higher Education Department, VC, Principal secretaries to Social Welfare Department and Backward Classes Department was issued by Justice P S Dinesh Kumar and the division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka.

This directive was issued by the court after hearing a PIL filed by Backward Classes and Minority Teachers Association, Mysurure presented by general secretary J Sannappa and the Karnataka State Universities and Colleges. According to the petitioner, the chancellor had appointed Justice K Bhakthavatsala, former judge of Karnataka HCas the chief of one-man fact-finding panel. A report in 2015 was submitted by him to the Governor and KSOU chancellor.

According to Justice Bhaktavatsala, prima facie held that the irregularities are violations under IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act. The chancellor failed to act based on the report despite several representations. As a result, a PIL was filed. The Higher Education Department, additional chief secretary said in response to this that if representation were to be made by the petitioner, action will be taken.

However, in 2017 an endorsement was issued by the additional chief secretary stating that an FIR has been booked with Jayalakshmipuram police against Prof Rangappa and others. Therefore, no further action is warranted on the said representation, petitioner stated.

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