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Former DU V- C Pental painted in plagiarism.

FORMER Delhi University vice- chancellor Deepak Pental was on Tuesday detained by a Delhi court in a case of alleged plagiarism, cheating and forgery, but was later released from Tihar Jail on the Delhi High Court's direction.

In the case dating back to 2009, professor Pental has been accused by another Delhi University professor P. Pardha Saradhi of plagiarising his paper on biotechnology and publishing it as his own. Saradhi has also accused Pental of stealing genetically modified seeds from his laboratory for unauthorised research work.

According to the police and Tihar Jail authorities, 63- year- old Pental was released from the prison at around 7.30 pm after the High Court's order was communicated to them. Pental was taken into custody and detained by the police earlier in the day after a magisterial court ordered his arrest.

Charges Pental refuted all the charges against him and maintained that he is innocent. " These are all frivolous charges and only court will decide the truth. I don't wish to speak much on the issue," Pental told M AIL T ODAY . Saradhi, a professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, alleged that his research work was plagiarised by Pental and another student. " KVSK Prasad was a Ph. D. student under me at the Jamia Millia Islamia.

Pental appointed him as a post- doctoral scholar under himself. In connivance with Pental, Prasad stole the seed of codA transgenic

by me and my team under India- Japan Cooperative Science Programme.

Pental also allowed Prasad to use this GM seed to carry further research, fully aware that all GM materials are put under the tag of ' Hazardous' under Environmental Protection Act ( EPA)," Saradhi alleged.

Saradhi also said that Prasad and other members of Pental's research team failed to obtain any new results. " Prasad and Deepak plagiarised the research work carried out by my team at Jamia during 1995- 1999 and showed as the work carried in Deepak Pental's lab during 2001- 2004. Sentences ( with exactly similar verbatim) and the data ( exactly similar figures/ numbers) were copied from the report submitted by me to DST under India- Japan Cooperative Science Programme," Saradhi alleged.

Saradhi claimed that he complained to the University which formed a committee.

The committee gave Pental a clean chit after which Saradhi filed a case in the court.

Even as Pental was taken into custody on Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Kumar Gautam's order at around 12: 45 pm, his advocate moved the High Court for stay of his arrest. The matter came up for hearing before Justice S. Muralidhar, who stayed the magisterial court's arrest warrant, saying the trial court order is suspended.

Justice Muralidhar directed Pental to appear before the trial court, when the bail application is listed. The HC asked the Registrar General to immediately convey the order to the Superintendent, Tihar Jail, by fax and by telephone to facilitate the immediate release of Pental. The HC order came on a plea moved by senior advocate Arvind Nigam, representing Pental, alleging that the trial court passed a wrong order and he was illegally taken into custody and sent to Tihar jail.

Was arrested early on Tuesday, but later released on the Delhi High Court's direction


The semester system, which was much opposed by students and teachers, was started in 2008 when Deepak Pental was the vice- chancellor of the university.

A highly radioactive material Cobalt- 60 was mistakenly sold to Mayapuri scrap dealers by DU which led to the death of one person due to exposure in 2010.

Pental later apologised for the incident.

The Shunglu Committee Report had indicted the former V- C for alleged irregularities in completion of infrastructure projects during the CWG.


1995- 1999: P. Pardha Saradhi, a lecturer at Jamia Millia Islamia university, was working on genetically modified plants. Saradhi, along with his team, found a genetically modified variety of Indian Mustard.

2000: A PhD student, KVSK Prasad, working under Sardhi was appointed by Deepak Pental in environmental biology department of DU to work on similar project.

Pental then asked the student, now a post- doctoral student, to take seed samples of the modified plant from Saradhi's laboratory.

2001: Saradhi joins Delhi University.

2004: Saradhi comes to know that Pental and the research student got the exact same results as Saradhi's research.

Saradhi alleges that his findings were plagiarised by the duo.

2008: He complained about the plagiarism issue to the university.

2009: Saradhi filed an RTI to find out what has the university done on the issue.

2009: He approached the court in 2009.

2014: A Delhi court orders Pental's arrest, but he was released following a Delhi High Court direction.

* According to P. Parda Sardhi, the petitioner

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