NOV 30: Mohali The Punjab Harayana High Court set aside the selection and appointment of P. J. P. Singh Waraich as registrar of NIPER. The court passed the judgment while allowing a petition filed by Dr. Parikshit Bansal and Dr. Neeraj Kumar, Asst Professors, NIPER, challenging the appointment.
The petitioner had alleged that the selection committee had selected the current incumbent flaunting all the rule and guideline posted in the advertisement For the post of the registrar prerequisite was 15 years of administrative experience, of which 8 years shall be as Deputy Registrar or an equivalent post (AGP Rs 7600). However as per the document current registrar joined as Wing commander wef 17 June 2008 in Rs 7600 AGP. Thus not fulfilling the criterion. Formal complains regarding the appointment of registrar was lodged by three faculty members to Chairman BOG before filling the petition, but BOG failed to adjudicate the Grievance. Holding that the selection was not correct and sustainable, the court observed that a strange procedure had been followed by the selection committee.
it is also reported that PJP Singh Waraich had reportedly given KK Bhutani a sum of Rs. 20 lakh for his appointment as the Registrar. A NIPER staff, who does not want to be named said, “Bhutani had extracted R20 lakh from Waraich and had interviewed him in May. Waraich had then been appointed despite the fact that Waraich did not meet the requisite qualifications of eligibility for the post of Registrar at NIPER, Mohali.”