Allahabad University VC writes to Smriti Irani, says Richa Singh won election ‘unfairly’


The controversy over the alleged harassment of the Allahabad University’s Students’ Union leader Richa Singh has taken a new twist after the VC Rattan Lal Hangloo wrote to the HRD Minister Smriti Irani giving clean chit to his OSD, Amit Singh, of criminal allegations.

In his letter, Hangloo also said that his probe had concluded that the student body election, which saw Richa Singh get elected as the first ever woman president of any central university, was not conducted fairly.

He wrote, “Election to the various posts of Allahabad Universy Students’ Union was conducted in September 2015. Mr Rajnish Singh, who lost the election, alleged that the election was not conducted fairly. Mr Rajnish Singh gave a complaint to Grievance Cell of the university, which is being inquired into. The Grievance Cell also accepted that the election was not conducted fairly. Thereafter, Mr Rajnish Singh went to Allahabad High Court. The matter is pending there in the High Court.”

Questions are bound to be asked as to how the Grievance Cell, which according to the VC, is inquiring into the allegation has already concluded that the election was not conducted fairly.

On the allegations that Singh’s admission in PhD in Globalisation and Development Studies at the Faculty of Arts was done by flouting the reservation policy, Hangloo said the inquiry was underway.

He, however, concluded that the Dean’s report had upheld the allegation but the university had not cancelled her admission.

Singh had also alleged that the OSD in the VC’s office Amit Singh had criminal background with multiple charges. The VC has informed Irani that there was no truth in the student leader’s allegations.