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IIT-Kharagpur challenges liar tag to registrar by CIC

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The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has filed a writ petition against the Central Information Commission's order that describes the IIT registrar as a liar. The top technical institution has accused the top monitoring commission of the RTI Act of not seeking its view before dubbing registrar TK Ghoshal a liar. According to the CIC order released on February 2011, Ghoshal has provided misleading information to IIT Kharagpur computer science professor Rajeev Kumar. The commission issued a show-cause notice asking why disciplinary action was not taken against the registrar. Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi in his judgment had also ordered the IIT to provide security to Kumar. The professor has alledged that he has been threatened by top IIT officials for exposing a series of scams and irregularities at the institute. However, Prof Kumar has alleged that within hours of the CIC hours personal details of his son was circulated and his son's safety was being compromised. The IIT challenge to the CIC comes soon after Kumar challenged exaggerated laptop procurement rates which the Institute had listed, as was first reported by HT on February 6. The IIT has since told the HRD ministry that it is putting on hold the purchase of laptops based on the exaggerated rate list.

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