Even as Congress misses no opportunity to pounce at the BJP state government over the MPPEB recruitment scam, a former Congress leader Sanjeev Saxena has brought shame to the party. The Congress may have got rid of the notorious leader but the ghost of controversies surrounding the man continues to haunt it. His involvement in the MPPEB scandal landed him in jail but controversies havenât stopped. So, whatâs the latest controversy to emerge?
Bhopalâs Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, or MANIT, is a by word in Madhya Pradesh, as well as neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Misusing his position, Sanjeev had half his family placed at various positions in the institution. And the institute after cancelling the appointment reinstated the posts the very next day. Sanjeev Saxenaâs sister Archana Saxena (Assistant Librarian), wife Aruna Saxena (Training and Placement Officer), and sister Anshu Gupta (Assistant Professor) along with Abhay Sharma ( Assistant Professor) and Kavita Dehelvar (Assistant Professor) were removed by MANIT from their respective positions. All five appointments had remained under a shadow of doubt for a long time. After they were found to be ineligible for the post twice, MANITâs board of governors (BOG) issued orders to cancel their appointment. But director Dr. Appu Kuttan overturned the boardâs decision and reinstated the faculty once again. It establishes how well connected the family is. Although Sanjeev Saxena is in jail owing to his involvement in the MPPEB scam, his family continues to enjoy a favorable treatment. MANITâs director Dr. Appu Kuttan claims, âThe CBI has given a clean chit in this matter and since the CBI report was not produced in the BOG meeting an erroneous decision was taken. I have nothing else to say.â
Sanjeevâs wife Aruna Saxena, his sister Archana Saxena and Arunaâs sister Anshu Gupta were appointed on their respective posts of Training and Placement Officer, assistant librarian and assistant professor in 2005. Besides them, Abhay Sharma and Kavita Dehelvar were also appointed as assistant professors. All these appointments were declared invalid after investigation. Irregularities in these appointments were brought to the notice of the HRD ministry as well. MHRD appointed retd IAS officer MN Buch to carry out a probe. On Buchâs report, the MHRD then directed MANITâs chairman to carry out a thorough investigation following which a team headed by SM Shukla initiated a probe which was later handed over to CBI. It continued for five years. In 2010, MANITâs board of governors handed the probe over to SH Lodha and RK Tripathi. The investigation revealed that the appointments carried out in 2005 were not in accordance with the rules nor did they follow the All India Council of Technical Education guidelines. The committee recommended that all appointments held during 2005 be cancelled. Last year MANIT again carried out a probe under a committee of three members headed by Justice (Retd) MA Siddiqui. As per the report of this committee, the appointment of the five candidates was again declared invalid.
Sanjeev Saxena enjoys an influential position in MANIT. Besides being an alumnus, he has remained associated with the organization in one way or another. He even had a building construction contract with MANIT. He was in the construction business then. Sanjeev Saxena also owns a private engineering college. Last year, MANIT students accused Training and Placement Officer Aruna Saxena, Sanjeevâs wife, of sending away companies to her husbandâs college for campus selection after which another officer was attached to her post.