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New registrar elected for BU, Members opposing

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Bangalore University gets new registrar
The Karnataka government officially appointed R. Somashekar as a new registrar (Evaluation) in charge of Bangalore University.

The government nominated syndicate and academic council members of Bangalore University are strongly opposed the Chief Minister's decision on appointing Somashekar as a new registrar.

The decision has come as a shocker to a section of the syndicate members who has reportedly submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister a week ago, urging him to probe the financial irregularities against Somashekar.

According to Syndicate Member D S Krinsha, "Somashekar, who was the chairperson of the university's Department of Environmental Science has been charged with a number of cases in financial irregularities. Instead of conducting an inquiry and trying to get the bottom of the cases, the authorities are promoting him from one post to another,"

"He has flouted several university rules, Moreover, even at recent academic council meeting, it was alleged that he had nominated blacklisted custodians," he added.

A number of documents obtained through RTI were given to mediapersons as proof of these irregularities. Properties worth lakhs of rupees were shown registered in Somashekar's name.

It was claimed that Somashekar has asked the Delhi Metro Rail corporation to send cheques for Rs8.7 lakh and Rs 3.8 lakh to his personal address. The money supposed to be credited to BU and not him.

After Pfor T D Kemparaju resigned as the registrar (administration) in charge, Somashekar was given its additional charge till Feb 21, 2013, when Seethamma was appointed to the post.

Meanwhile, Akil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists organised a protest march opposing the move, boycotting classes.

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