Days after University of Pune (UoP) abruptly suspended its Controller of Examination (CoE) Sampada Joshi, many have stood up by her side. Prominent among them is ACP (retd) Sharad Awasthi, who investigated the 'cash for marks' scam of 2012.
"My observation based on my two months as an investigating committee head of the exam department is that Joshi is the single non-corrupt person in the UoP's exam department. Hence her role in the past two years was becoming stumbling block to many others who want to pursue their vested interests," Awasthi said.
"After I submitted my report to UoP in December 2012, it was Joshi who lodged the police complaint against exam department officials involved in the scam. The police subsequently arrested seven staff members. All these past references have definite connections in removing her," Awasthi said.
The UoP vice-chancellor last Friday issued suspension orders for Joshi on the basis of the interim report presented by a varsity committee. In his report to UoP, Awasthi stated the varsity should appoint a state-level investigative agency to clean up its exam department.
CoE Joshi said, "I am being victimised for trying to curb unfair practices in the examination process by introducing various systems and technological interventions."
A statement issued by her said, "In view of this vindictive decision of the UoP, I have been left with no choice but to approach Chancellor and the judicial authorities."
UoP senior senate member Nandkumar Nikam said, "Our organisation is with her." Vice-chancellor WN Gade was unavailable for comment.