Ramesh Chennithala. (Photo: Twitter/@chennithala). Image Source: IANS News

Thiruvananthapuram, October 16 : Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday stepped up his attack on higher education minister K T Jaleel over an alleged marks scandal in MG university.

Chennithala had the other day accused the minister of abusing his office and awarding grace marks to a B Tech student of a private college affiliated to MG varsity to help her clear a supplementary exam of the sixth semester.

The opposition leader on Wednesday called on governor Arif Mohammad Khan and apprised him of the alleged fraud in awarding grace marks in MG university perpetrated by the higher education minister in connivance with the varsity syndicate, which is dominated by left members.

Addressing a press conference, Chennithala told reporters that he apprised the governor of the fact that the state government had no authority to conduct a grievance redressal adalat for university students. Being an autonomous body, only the university could conduct the adalat. However, the adalat was conducted at the behest of the minister, he alleged.

The crux of Chennithala’s charge against the minister is that the latter’s private secretary participated in an adalat on his behalf and sanctioned awarding of grace marks to a student so that she can clear a supplementary paper. The student’s request for grace marks was earlier turned down by the university.

When the university informed the minister about statutory impediments in awarding the grace marks to the student, the minister reportedly had the left-dominated syndicate of the university take up the issue as an out of agenda item and sanction the awarding of moderation to the student. To douse suspicion, the university allegedly issued an order awarding five grace marks to all students who had failed only one paper in any of the semesters, Chennithala had alleged.

Ramesh Chennithala has called on the state government to oust K T Jaleel as minister and order a judicial probe into the issue.

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