Wednesday, 26 November 2014

High Voltage Drama on Ex-VC of DU sent to jail for ‘plagiarism’, released


High Voltage Drama on Ex-VC of DU sent to jail for ‘plagiarism’, released

1.38 pm 26 November, 2014. NEW DELHI, India

Former Delhi University vice-chancellor Deepak Pental was sent to jail by a city court in a case of alleged plagiarism and forgery. Later, the Delhi high court stayed the arrest order by evening and directed the Tihar Jail authorities by Fax and Tel. to immediately release the academic from Genetics. 

Justice S Muralidhar granted the relief and said the stay will remain in force till the next date of hearing. Academic rivalry is at its peak.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Vinod Kumar Gautam had ordered professor Pental's arrest on a complaint by professor P Parthasarathy accusing him and one of his students (now out of India for Post Doc) of plagiarizing his paper on biotechnology. Parthasarathy also accused him of illegally using cobalt, a radioactive substance, from the university's science lab. Co-60 radiation leaked from Delhi University in 2010-11, which led to the charge-sheeting of six DU professors.

On appearing before the court for seeking bail in connection with the complaint against him, Pental was taken into custody around 12.45 pm and later sent to Tihar jail. 

Pental's lawyers then approached the high court, arguing that the alleged offences are bailable and the case has not even reached the stage of framing of notice as service of notice upon a co-accused is yet to be completed. Arvind Nigam, representing Pental, alleged that the trial court passed a wrong order and he was illegally taken into custody. He said that the court failed to hear his client's bail plea pending before it since July. He also informed the court that the matter is listed in February for presence of the main accused, who is overseas for study. 

Justice Muralidhar was convinced and stayed the additional chief metropolitan magistrate's order, even he asked the petitioner to produce the trial court's order before December 15. He also directed the registrar general of the high court to communicate the order immediately through fax and telephone to the Tihar Jail authorities. The high court issued a notice to the complainant professor. 

Parthasarathy had claimed that Pental and post-doctoral research student KVSK Prasad plagiarised Saradhi's paper and published it as their own between 2000-2002.

High Voltage drama is floating in academics now.

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