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MLCs demand action against Registrar

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, FEB. 4. Members of the Legislative Council today took exception to the reported "derogatory" statements made by the Registrar of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), K.M. Srinivasa Gowda, on the proceedings of the House pertaining to the university's alleged marks scandal.

Raising the issue during zero hour, the Leader of the Opposition, D.H. Shankaramurthy, said the Registrar of the RGUHS made a "derogatory statement" and belittled the dignity of the House. Quoting a news report published in an English daily, he argued that the reported statement of the official concerned was uncalled for and amounted to breach of privilege of the House. What right does the Registrar have to comment on the decision of the House to constitute a House committee to look into the marks card scandal of the university, he asked.

Members from all parties vociferously argued that the Government should take action against the Registrar of the University immediately and ask the university syndicate to stop its inquiry into the scandal.

The acting Chairman of the House, V.R. Sudarshan, observed that there was no need for the official concerned to talk about the proceedings of the House with the press. The very issue in question is the supremacy of the House, he said.

The Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, said that the statement of the official concerned as reported in the daily shows that he exceeded his limits. Following the demand made by the members of the House, the Minister for Medical Education, Iqbal Ansari, agreed to constitute a House committee to look into the alleged marks card scandal in the University.

Cocktail offer

The members also demanded action against the Registrar on the ground that he reportedly "offered and cajoled" some presspersons who went to cover an official function of the university to join a cocktail party, "for inspiration," on Thursday evening.

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