The court gave the government two weeks to provide the report to Surappa, who served as VC of the state’s first engineering institute. He also asked Surappa to submit its response within four weeks of reviewing the report so that its response would be part of the proceedings.
In making orders on the case filed by Surappa against the commission of inquiry, Judge V Parthiban said the former VC’s explanation should be part of the proceedings against him. Surappa had knocked on the court’s doors against the committee and the government’s decision not to give him a copy of the report before it was submitted to the governor.
The then AIADMK government had appointed a commission in November 2020 to investigate allegations of corruption against Surappa by embezzling funds allocated to the institution and collecting bribes when recruiting temporary teaching staff. .
The investigation has been constituted as the allegations against Surappa are “of a serious nature” based on a complaint by A Suresh of Tiruchirappalli dated February 21, 2020, that Surappa and Sakthinathan of Anna University are involved in the bribery up to Rs 200 crores.
Furthermore, the government also alleged that the duo collected Rs 80 crore by accepting bribes between Rs 13 lakh and Rs 15 lakh from applicants for appointing them as temporary teaching staff, the order said.
The investigation closely followed a standoff between Surappa and the Tamil Nadu government over the granting of the Institute of Eminence (IoE) to Anna University. The government then objected to Surappa writing directly to the Center about the status of the IoE.
Surappa, a native of Mysuru, has had a roller coaster ride since he was appointed to the post. A renowned steelworker, Surappa’s appointment as VC of Anna University was met with opposition from opposition parties on the grounds that he belonged to Karnataka.
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