The worries for Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal over charges of irregularities related to his Mumbai Education Trust (MET) just got worse, with Sunil Karve, a former associate, alleging misappropriation of funds and forgery on the trust’s Nashik campus.
Karve has complained to the Nashik police commissioner that Bhujbal, his wife Meena, Son Pankaj and nephew Sameer have misappropriated funds from MET’s Nashik institutes by inflating the amounts shown against expenses towards facilities for students. “By showing fudged expenditure, they got the higher fee structure approved from the Shikshan Shulk Samiti,” said Karve’s complaint filed by advocate Sayaji Nangre.
Bhujbal and his family members were not available for comment despite repeated attempts by dna.
Bhujbal and Karve co-founded MET in Mumbai in 1989. They launched the Nashik campus, named Bhujbal Knowledge City, at Adgaon in 2006. Karve said that while he wanted to start a campus in Pune, Bhujbal pushed for one in Nashik. Meena, Pankaj and Sameer were inducted as trustees of MET after one Jaimini Oza resigned as trustee in February 1992.
Karve had earlier lodged a complaint with the Mumbai police commissioner alleging misappropriation of Rs177 crore and misuse of property at MET’s Mumbai campus. On November 22, 2013, the Supreme Court directed the police commissioner to decide on the complaint within eight weeks. Karve stated he started noticing in 2006 that the trustees were misusing the trust’s funds and property. After he raised objections, the Bhujbals kept him in the dark about the functioning of the Nashik campus and he was also prevented from entering the campus.
The Nashik campus has three institutes – MET Institute of Engineering, MET Institute of Polytechnic and MET Institute of Management – and all three showed inflated expenditure on technology development fund and student activity funds since academic year 2009-10 to the tune of Rs 7.88 crore.