Theft of heritage furniture to be probed

lecorbV.N. Singh, director, Le Corbusier Centre, will inquire into the incident of alleged stealing of the Government College of Arts, Sector 10 hostel’s “heritage” furniture by one of the professors Ajay Pandey.

According to the principal Archana Shastri, the inquiry will be the outcome of the college’s initiative to bring out the truth.

“It is more or less established that the professor is guilty and we have accepted his resignation. We have asked Singh to inquire and clarify whether the furniture was heritage,” she said.

However, contrary to her claims, Ram Niwas, home secretary, UT, marked the inquiry after the two boys from whose belongings the furniture was recovered.

According to him, “The boys came to me and narrated the incident, but when I called the principal, she said it was an ordinary matter and regular furniture of hostel. However, I wish to establish the truth in the media reports that it belonged to the lot designed by Le Corbusier.”

Many hostelers are also accusing the college of making continous attempts to push the matter under the carpet, as one of them even claims to be forced by professor to repaint the furniture before dismantling it.

The incident came to light on Friday night when on suspicion, the warden checked the belongings of two students, Joginder and Pawan Tikku, who were leaving the hostel for Delhi and recovered dismantled “antique” furniture, which according to unconfirmed reports was designed by Le Corbusier.

The boys accused that Prof Ajay had requested them to carry some of his “stuff” in the truck, who denied it initially, but later resigned from the college.

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