He was asked twice to appear before a UGC probe body over allegations of irregularities
Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur Vice-Chancellor Prof Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah has hit the headlines again – this time for challenging the legality of the UGC summons over graft charges leveled against him.
He has filed a writ petition with the High Court, seeking a stay order on the investigation into the irregularities and corruption in recruitment at the university.
His lawyer Md Shahidullah confirmed the development on Thursday.
“The VC filed a writ petition with the High Court on May 23, challenging legality of the summons the University Grants Commission (UGC) issued on him,” the lawyer said.
On May 15, the UGC served a second notice for questioning him over the allegations of corruption. The writ also sought a stay order on the notice.
Earlier, the UGC on April 13 asked the VC to appear before it with necessary documents of the appointments of two employees. But citing lockdown restrictions, Prof Kalimullah on May 12 sought a time extension.
In the application, the VC said that he would not be able to collect the documents from the university in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis as he is in his 60s.
“But, without settling the plea, the UGC on May 15 asked him to meet the probe body at its office on May 20, which is illegal and has no legal grounds,” the lawyer added.
Prof Kalimullah, who has been vehemently criticized for having remained absent from the campus on most days, held a press conference in Dhaka on March 4.
He claimed that the UGC probe report had been written purposefully on the directives of Education Minister Dipu Moni.
The UGC report, submitted to the Education Ministry on February 25, recommends legal action against Prof Kalimullah and his close aides over corruption in three projects — Sheikh Hasina Hall, Dr Wazed International Research and Training Institute, and the independence memorial Swadhinata Smarak.
He is also accused of question paper leaks and damaging official papers on the university campus.
Students of the university declared the VC unwanted on the campus on March 4.