Tripura University Vice Chancellor Resigns After Sting Operation Shows Him Accepting Bribe

Agartala, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 08 September 2019, 12:06 AM
Tripura Central University Vice Chancellor Vijaykumar Laxmikantrao Dharurkar
Tripura Central University Vice Chancellor Vijaykumar Laxmikantrao Dharurkar

Tripura Central University Vice Chancellor Vijaykumar Laxmikantrao Dharurkar stepped down on Saturday, a day after a sting operation by a local television channel in Agartala showed him accepting a bribe from a contractor in Kolkata, news agency PTI reported.

"We could document that he took Rs 5,80,000 from a contractor, Surendra Sethia, representative of a printing firm, in Kolkata," said Sebak Bhattacharya, the managing director and proprietor of TV channel News Vanguard.

"The VC was demanding 10 per cent of the printing work (give to the firm) as cut money. From the footage, it is clear he was regularly taking 10pc as cut money from all kinds of work in the Tripura Central university."

Bhattacharya claimed he had collected more documents related to the vice chancellor taking bribes, which would be telecast in a phased manner. The sting operation was telecast on Friday.

However, despite repeated endeavour, Dharurkar could not be contacted. The videos were shot in the V-C's office and at the private residence of the contractor in Kolkata, Bhattacharya said.

University sources told PTI that the V-C resigned on Saturday and the senior-most professor of the university, Sangram Sinha, former dean of the Science Faculty, has taken over as the acting V-C of the university.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Sunday, September 08, 2019 12:05 AM
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