"The President, who was the Visitor of Central Universities, had approved the dismissal of Viswa Bharati VC Dattagupta, as proposed by the ministry," Ghanshyam Goel, the spokesperson for the HRD ministry added.
Earlier this month, the HRD ministry had sent the file to the President recommending dismissal of Dattagupta, who was facing allegations of financial and administrative irregularities, after the Law Ministry and the Attorney General approved the procedures followed by it in the matter.
The President's office, had earlier raised certain queries after which the ministry had sought the opinion of the Law Ministry.
Mukherjee had twice earlier returned the file relating to Dattagupta to the HRD Ministry, the latest in November last year, asking whether denying the VC a "hearing in person" on allegations levelled against him was legally tenable, triggering speculation that both were not on the same page on the matter.

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