Bhopal: The nationally acclaimed Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) which has been in the news for past few years due to several irregularities has once again landed in the thick of controversy. Books worth Rs 1.38 crore have gone mysteriously missing from the Central library of MANIT.

The institute authorities have registered a case of criminal breach of trust against the Librarian Archana Saxena who was on duty.  Sources said that the books have been sold by the Librarian.

Director of the institute, RP Singh lodged a written complaint in Kamla Nagar police station in this regard on August 1.

Police sources said that 31,958 books worth Rs. 1. 38 crore went missing from the library of the institute between March 2005 to July 2010.

The missing material also includes Engineering books which had been imported from abroad.

“The accused has not been arrested so far and further details on the case will be revealed after the interrogation of Saxena,” the police stated.

Previously too, the MANIT has witnessed sorts of irregularities ranging from illegal appointment to anomalies in awarding the security contracts.

JPN/Bureau