The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has recommended penal action against three Professors of Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) for their alleged involvement in the Coalnet scam.
According to official sources, the CVC has recommended major penalty proceedings against Professor Anil K. Bhowmick, and Professor R.N. Banerjee and minor penalty against Professor P.P. Chakrabarti for their alleged involvement in the multi-crore scam.
Bhowmick is the Director of IIT Patna, while Banerjee and Chakrabarti are associated with IIT-Kharagpur as Head of Department and Dean.
Various norms and contract conditions were violated in digitisation of eight subsidiaries of Coal India Ltd (CIL) through the Coalnet project given to IIT-Kharagpur in 2001.
A report by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has also found irregularities, including delay in implementation of the project among others. (ANI)