Former registrar of Gaur Banga university accuses successor of humiliation, authority denies

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
24 Dec 2018

Removal of former registrar on additional charge and assuming office by his successor took a dramatic turn as Sadhan Saha, who was removed by executive council (EC) of University of Gour Banga (UGB) on Dec 20, fell sick under alleged mental pressure during handing over of charge to Biplab Giri, the new registrar on additional charge today. Saha, who was admitted to Malda medical college & hospital (MMCH) this afternoon with complaint of severe chest pain was first shifted to a private nursing home and later referred to Kolkata for better treatment.
As the handing over of charge remained ‘incomplete,’ the chamber of the registrar and the record room were sealed again.
Saha, before getting admitted to MMCH, alleged that he was continuously harassed by Giri while handing over the charge for ‘unusually long duration.’
UGB authority, however, claimed that entire process of handing over charge was recorded on VDO. “Some officials and teachers were present at the registrar’s chamber. Hence, complaint of Saha can be examined, if necessary,” said Giri, who was asked by EC to replace Saha.
Notably, after entering his office on Dec 22 breaking the seal on doors Giri asked for papers and files from Saha for minute perusal. It is being claimed that Saha could not furnish all relevant papers and so the entire process could not be complete on the first day. Seals were put on doors again as handing over of charge reportedly remained incomplete.
Today again the seals were broken and handing over process resumed. It is learnt from sources video photography was arranged to record the episode as Saha claimed that he was mentally harassed.
“I have no motive to harass him. Hence, video photography was arranged so that the entire incident can be examined. I requested him to hand over some crucial documents like old roaster and relevant papers regarding appointment of teachers and officials during his tenure as registrar on additional charge. Those papers are very important because fate of 85 to 90 teachers are dependent on those,” Giri said.
Saha, on the contrary, said, “It is unfortunate that I am being heckled in name of handing over charge. When I assumed office on January 14, I had to find papers and files myself as the post was vacant for long. There was none to hand over those to me so carefully. I apprehend that I am being harassed deliberately with a definite motive.”
“I wonder if handing over of charge could be so long that it cannot be complete even in two days. I failed to endure such mental humiliation and fell seriously sick,” he added.
Vice chancellor (V~C) Prof Swagata Sen and Giri rushed to the private nursing home to see ailing Saha in the evening.
“Entire handing over process was recorded and colleagues of former registrar were present then. Truth can be found by examining the record and speaking to those who were present there,” Prof Sen said.
However, he too conceded that some important papers could not be found. “I hope those important documents would be found soon. But if not, legal action would follow,” the V~C added.