Tribune News Service
Mahendragarh, November 19
An amount of around Rs 25 lakh has been embezzled from funds of the Central University of Haryana (CUH) through software meant for receiving admission fees from the students and other funds from stakeholders.
This was revealed by former university systems analyst Ajay Singh during a police interrogation. He was arrested by Mahendragarh city police yesterday after being booked on charges of cheating, criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy, corruption and violation of the Information Technology Act, sources said.
“According to him, the embezzlement amount was credited to an account opened in a private bank at Gurugram. An amount of Rs 5 lakh of that was given to a relative from Noida by the systems analyst who had prepared the software on his laptop. Police have started efforts to recover the money and laptop,” sources said.
Currently, Ajay Singh works in Delhi and lives in a rented accommodation in Peeragarhi (Delhi), where the laptop is kept.
DSP Ranbir Singh, who is investigating the case, confirmed that the accused had confessed to embezzling Rs 25 lakh through computer programming. “We have remanded Ajay Singh in judicial custody for five days to verify his revelations and recover the laptop,” he added.
The systems analyst worked on a contract basis at CUH from October 2021 to August 2022.
The matter came to light when two separate police complaints were filed, one by suspended CUH registrar Prof. Sunil Gupta and another by in-charge registrar Prof. Suneel Kumar.
‘Amount could be much more’
According to the receipts, one-third of the fee paid through the software was credited to the suspect’s account, while the remaining amount went to CUH’s account. The embezzlement amount could be much higher and therefore the case should be thoroughly investigated. — Prof. Sunil Gupta, suspended clerk