KSOU irregularities: CID team begins investigation

A team from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is probing the alleged irregularities at the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), has commenced the probe in the case and started questioning all the seven accused, including former KSOU vice-chancellors KS Rangappa and MG Krishnan.

The team headed by S Revanna, DSP attached to Economic Offences wing, CID, Bengaluru, is being assisted by inspector Hemalatha. The two-member team arrived in Mysuru last week and is verifying records, gathering information at KSOU, besides questioning the accused.

Seven employees of KSOU – Rangappa, T D Devegowda, Ramanatham Naidu, B S Vishwanath, Kamalesh, Krishnan and P S Naik have been accused of criminal breach of trust by public servant under the provision of IPC.

The case was lodged by KSOU finance officer A Khadar Phasha at the behest of KSOU VC D Shivalingaiah in August 2016. Governor-Chancellor’s office had asked the varsity to initiate legal action against the wrongdoers.

Justice Bhakthavatsala committee, appointed by Governor-Chancellor that probed into alleged irregularities between 2009 and 2014 in the varsity had indicted the employees for irregularities. It submitted a report in October 2015.

Initially, the case was with Jayalakshmipuram police but it was handed over to CID since it was a high-profile case.


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