OUAT irregularities: Vice Chancellor Pasupalak refutes all charges

Bhubaneswar: The vice-chancellor of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Surendra Nath Pasupalak, who was sent on leave by Chancellor of Universities and Governor Ganeshi Lal on Tuesday, has refuted all allegations of irregularities against him. Moreover, he charged the Governor’s Secretariat of taking action against him before inquiry, sources said.

According to sources, Pasupalak said that the action was taken even after informing Chancellor about the irregularities and providing supporting documents. “The action was taken based on the allegations of an unethical person with malicious intent,” he alleged.

Pasupalak refuted all allegations of financial irregularities and wrongdoing in recruitments for the university. He said that “Some people want to tarnish my image for not following their orders.”

“Such action over baseless facts and without inquiry means I am being targeted. Further, the allegations of financial irregularities are based on vague facts,” Pasupalak stated.

Pasupalak further informed that he will go on leave from the very next day after Agriculture department secretary Saurabh Garg assumes charge of the university.

No comments were available on Pasupalak’s statements from the Governor’s secretariat.