LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh government has recommended a CBI probe against Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University Kanpur’s vice-chancellor Vinay Pathak.
He is accused of taking money for clearing the bills of a private company which conducted exams in Agra University. UP Police special task force (STF) has so far nabbed four associates of Pathak. In October, an FIR was lodged by David Mario Danish – owner of a company conducting exams in different universities of the state – accusing Vinay Pathak of extorting Rs 1.4 crore for clearing bills of his company. The case was later handed over to STF.
The FIR under the charges of extortion, threatening under sections of the IPC and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, was lodged against Pathak and his aide Ajay Mishra at Indiranagar police station of Lucknow on October 29.
The STF started the probe and arrested three, including Ajay Mishra, Santosh Singh and Ajay Jain. Santosh Kumar Singh is a close aide of Ajay Mishra who was arrested earlier. Mishra used to take contracts from various state universities for printing question papers for the exams allegedly with the help of Pathak and then sublet them to Singh.
Ajay Jain from Gurgaon dealt in money earned through corrupt practices and managed the transaction by producing fake and tampered bills and e-waybill. He was accused of fraud, tampering with government documents. The STF sleuths said that irregularities had surfaced in universities of Agra, Kanpur and Bareilly. During the investigation in Agra university, STF found many pieces of evidence tampered.
On the other hand, Vinay Pathak had moved the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court on November 1 challenging the FIR lodged against him. However, a double bench of Justice Rajesh Singh Chauhan and Justice V K Singh court on November 15 had said that considering the FIR registered against him and the evidence gathered in investigation, prima facie offense is made out against him.
Who is Vinay Pathak?
In the span of just 13 years, Prof Vinay Kumar Pathak has been the vice-chancellor in eight state universities.
For the first time, he was appointed the VC of Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani, in 2009. In 2013, he held the post of the VC at Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota. A year later, he was appointed as VC of Rajasthan Technical University, Kota. After this, Prof Pathak turned to UP. In 2015, he was appointed the vice-chancellor of Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), Lucknow. He stayed here for the longest six years and was given a second term till 2021.
In 2017, Pathak held simultaneously additional charges as VC in Harcourt Butler Technical University, Kanpur. While, in 2021, he served as the VC of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Language University and VC of the Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University of Kanpur where he is currently serving.

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