Newslaundry brings the final fact in the entire controversy surrounding newly elected DUSU president and ABVP member Ankiv Baisoya. So far the ABVP had maintained that Baisoya did his graduation from Vellore-based Thiruvallar University, while the NSUI had alleged that the degree was fake. Now, forget TU for a moment. Newslaundry has access to documents which show that Baisoya was a student at the College of Vocational Studies of Delhi University, and was pursuing BA Economic honours. The same information was confirmed by teachers and even the National Media Coordinator of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Baisoya’s CVS and BA Economics connection

According to the accessed documents, ABVP’s Baisoya was a student with CVS College in Delhi’s Sheikh Sarai area. Two attendance sheets of fifth and sixth semester carry his name. His class roll number for the batch of 2013-2016 was 90. However, he has zero attendance in these papers that are ‘International Trade’ and ‘Political Economy’. The fact that his name was on the attendance list proves that he was a student with CVS. Also, the sixth-semester attendance sheet is from January to April 2016, which indicates that he must be from the batch of 2013-2016.

                                          The CVS attendance sheet accessed by Newslaundry 

Several sources at CVS have confirmed to us that Baisoya was a registered student. “I remember him because he had a rather peculiar name,” said one of the teachers from the Economics Department.

“Ankiv was a student here who regularly took part in student protests and demonstrations,” said a Political Science teacher.

Both faculty members have requested to remain unnamed.

Earlier, Baisoya, in conversation with this correspondent, had said that he had studied from “that university which is being referred” (TU).

When we reached out to ABVP in light of these new revelations, Monika Chaudhary, National Media Coordinator, accepted that Ankiv Baisoya was a student of CVS College between 2013 and 2016. “He withdrew his admission in 2016,” she said. “His case doesn’t fall under the dual degree case.”

Interestingly, Chaudhary also accepted that he (Baisoya) did his first and second year from both—DU and TU. She also accepted that it was humanly and legally not possible for a regular student to attend two different universities located at a distance of 1000kms from each other. She said that Ankiv made a “mistake” and has withdrawn his admission from DU in 2016. She also assured of sharing a No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by the DU administration.

TU fake degree row

On Monday, NSUI shared Baisoya's TU degree, saying that it was a fake. In the last few weeks, NSUI began circulating images of Ankiv Baisoya’s mark sheet from Thiruvalluvar University and alleging that these documents were fraudulent. TU responded to these claims, that the documents were indeed fake, and Baisoya has indeed not graduated from TU. The Hindu and NDTV also ran articles where they claim NSUI received a letter directly from TU, claiming Baisoya’s marksheets were in fact fabricated. In a quote to NDTV, Baisoya said ‘the allegations were false and baseless, and that he was going to file a defamation case against the NSUI. The Hinduverified TU’s claims of a fake certificate by saying they spoke to a controller of examinations at the University who said, “This letter has been sent from our controller’s office. It has been signed by the controller. The certificate is without a doubt fake.”

                                                 TU letter being circulated by NSUI

When asked about the details regarding his course, Baisoya said “I kept moving from Vellore to New Delhi between 2013-2016. During this time, I wasn’t a registered student at CVS.” When asked what was his exact date of graduation from Thiruvalluvar, Baisoya fired blanks. If TU out rightly claims that the degree is fake, how can Baisoya's admission in DU still be considered legal? And is the degree remains legitimate, how can Ankiv Baisoya be a registered student at two different Universities, during the same time? This is clearly illegal and is a violation of norms.

The principal of DU'S CVS College, Dr Inderjeet Dagar, has also been informed of the situation. So far, he has remained silent, and all off DU’s administration has not taken any action in response to the clear legal violations made in the Ankiv Baisoya case. Now that there is evidence against the newly elected DUSU President, what action will be taken against him, and when? Will this amount to fraud and a subsequent cancellation of admission?

(With inputs from Jugal Bhinde)


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New Delhi, Dec 11: The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that if there is a "common thread" among the murders of social activists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M M Kalburgi, then one agency can investigate all the four cases.

A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Navin Sinha asked the CBI to inform it by January first week as to why it should not investigate all the four cases if there appears a link among all the murders.

The counsel for the Maharashtra government informed the court that the CBI is investigating the murder cases of social activist and professor Narendra Dabholkar after the Bombay High Court transferred the probes to the agency.

The court, after perusing the status report of the Karnataka Police, said there appears to be a link between the murders of journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M.M Kalburgi.

It asked the Maharashtra government's counsel about the status of the investigation into the Pansare murder case, to which the counsel said the case was pending before the Kolhapur trial court.

Earlier in the day, the Karnataka Police had informed the apex court that there appears to be a connection between Lankesh and Kalburgi murder cases.

The state police also told the apex court that it will file a chargesheet in the Kalburgi murder case in three months.

Noted scholar Kalburgi was killed at Dharwad in 2015. Pansare was also killed the same year. Lankesh was shot dead on September 5, 2017 in Bengaluru, whereas rationalist Dabholkar was assassinated on August 20, 2013.

The top court on November 26 had pulled up the Karnataka government for "doing nothing and just fooling around" in the investigation and had indicated that it may transfer the case to the Bombay High Court.

The top court had on January 10 sought the response of probe agencies NIA and CBI and the two state governments on the allegation of Uma Devi that no substantial investigation has been carried out so far in the murder case.

Kalburgi's wife, in her petition, had alleged that there was common link between the murder of her husband and that of activists Narendra Achyut Dabholkar and Govindrao Pansare, who too were assassinated in August 2013 and February 2015 respectively.

The 77-year old Kalburgi, the former vice chancellor of Hampi University and a well-known epigraphist, was shot dead in broad daylight at his residence in Kalyan Nagar in Dharwad, Karnataka, on August 30, 2015. Born in 1938, he was a Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer of old Kannada literature.