Friday, April 28, 2017

Bhushan fights college land case.

The Telegraph: New Delhi: Friday, April 28, 2017.
Lawyer and former Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan today said he had lodged a petition in Delhi High Court seeking basic facilities for the state-run Govind Ballabh Pant Engineering College, where a professor has been on hunger strike for 23 days.
Professor Joshil Abraham wants a proper campus for students of the engineering college in south Delhi with adequate facilities and infrastructure. The college has been functioning from an abandoned hostel building since its inception in 2007.
A Right to Information query filed by Abraham had revealed that a portion of the land belonging to the college had been transferred illegally to the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIITD), an institute situated in the same area.
Abraham alleged that documents showed the Delhi government gave IIITD free of cost 25 acres of the 65 acres available with Govind Ballabh Pant Engineering College.
Today, Abraham released an RTI document showing that chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's adviser on anti-corruption and grievance redress, Gopal Mohan, had found the allegation of land transfer "clearly established" and recommended an inquiry on October 31 last year.
"When students went to meet education minister Manish Sisodia, he asked them if they had been sent by the Congress or the BJP and turned them away. The chief minister should take the onus and act against officials of the directorate of training and technical education, IIIT, and the deputy chief minister for illegally diverting the land," the professor said.
An aide to Kejriwal said the chief minister had ordered a probe. 
Bhushan said the AAP government had increased the student intake at the engineering college from 3,000 to 7,000 but was not providing the infrastructure.