A month after he was acquitted in the Prof H S Sabharwal murder case, Shashiranjan Akela has joined the state BJP government’s think tank set up to prepare a blueprint for the proposed State Knowledge Commission. He was among eight invitees to a chintan baithak organised by the Madhya Pradesh education department in Bhopal on August 9.
A Nagpur court acquitted Akela and five other ABVP workers on July 13, saying the prosecution failed to prove its case in the 2006 killing of Ujjain professor Sabharwal. The case was shifted to Maharashtra after Sabharwal’s son told the Supreme Court that a fair trial was not possible in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh. A teacher, Akela was state ABVP president when Sabharwal died.
The August 9 meeting was called to think of a blueprint on making use of traditional knowledge available in the state and to prepare a sketch by coordinating between departments like higher education, technical education, school education, agriculture, science and technology.
The think tank comprised Atul Kothari, national co-convenor of RSS’s Shiksha Bachao Andolan; Vishnu Dutt Sharma, ABVP’s national general secretary; Pravin Ramdas of Vigyan Bharati; Deepak Sharma of Prabuddha Bharati; Govind Sharma, national vice-president of Vidya Bharati; Ashish Dongre, director of government’s technical education department; and, Pramod Varma, director general of MP Council of Science & Technology.
Milind Ghatwai, Aug 27, 2009, Indian Express
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