SHILLONG, May 3 – The controversial Chandra Mohan Jha (CMJ) University was sealed in a late night raid on Thursday by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
CID sleuths swooped down on the off-campus building which also houses other offices and sealed it including the chancellor, Jha’s office. The investigating officers also seized some materials.
The CID swang into action after the Governor’s Secretariat filed a criminal case against the university for “issuing PhD degrees” without authorisation and by flouting norms.
However, the deputy registrar of CMJ University, Premlal Rai today said that the decision to seal the university was “arbitrary which would be challenged.” He did not elaborate what course of action the university would adopt. “We have opened the university and our head office was not sealed as is being rumoured. This was an arbitrary decision to seal the university’s campus at Laitumkhrah, but today we opened it,” Rai said.
He also said that the university “has not issued any PhD degrees” to students in Assam. “Notifications were issued that PhD degrees would be issued after authenticating the academic credentials of the students,” Rai explained when asked.
The Governor, in his order, has claimed that over 400 students, mostly from Assam, were issued PhD degrees without following procedures. “We have issued a few PhD degrees elsewhere, but not in Assam,” Rai claimed. Meanwhile, Governor RS Mooshahary has ordered that all degrees issued by the university must be withdrawn.