The UP Police’s Special Task Force (STF) is investigating the role of vice-chancellor Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University (CSJMU) of Kanpur in a case of extortion lodged against him and his alleged associate.
CSJMU V-C Vinay Pathak and his associate Ajay Mishra (55) have been booked for allegedly extorting money. Pathak served as the officiating V-C of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Agra from January to September this year.
Pathak was appointed the vice-chancellor of CSJMU since April 2021. Mishra also owns firms which conduct examinations and other related works at various government universities in UP and other states.
The complainant, David Mario Dennis told police that for approving bills related to conducting examinations at Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar University in Agra had demanded money.
Dennis’ firm Digitex Technologic India Pvt Ltd helps universities in conducting both pre and post-examination work. Denis alleged that he has paid Rs 1.31 crore to Pathak this year through Mishra for clearing his pending bills.
The STF has recovered Rs 10 lakh from Mishra’s possession.
The police have booked the accused under IPC sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 386 (extortion), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation). Police have also invoked Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.