Taking note of the complaints filed against the IIM-Lucknow director Ajit Prasad, it has been learned that the government has asked the Board of Governors (BoG) to examine the complaints of administrative and financial irregularities against him. Among the complaints against Prasad is the allegation that he purchased a vehicle without following government norms and that he also purchased reclining chairs worth Rs 14 lakh without prior approval of the Board.
According to the reports, the government has asked N Chandrashekharan, chairman of Tata Sons and IIM-Lucknow to place before the BoG the observations of a two-member audit committee, which had looked at the complaints against Prasad, for a final decision.
According to sources, the committee has not recommended any action against Prasad, which is why the government has advised the institute’s Board to take a call, either way, on the observations made in the report. The two-member committee was set up on December 14, 2017, by higher education secretary KK Sharma, who was also the acting chairperson of IIM Lucknow at that time.
The Board of every IIM is empowered to appoint and remove its own chairperson and director after the implementation of IIM Act. With this act, any action on the complaints against a director is now within the remit of the IIM Board.
Ajit Prasad’s wife, on the other hand, has approached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) alleging harassment by Prasad and his interference in family matters. The complainant had also pointed out that the director had asked her husband to undergo psychiatric evaluation on a number of issues, including “marital resilience” and his ability to bond with his peers, at a recognized hospital.