LAHORE Another alleged 100 percent plagiarised research paper of the PhD couple, who produced two such ones containing material from three research papers already published in international journals, has been handed over to the Punjab University committee, formed to probe the matter and fix the responsibility, TheNation has reliability learnt. The PU Plagiarism Committee has served three notices on Prof Dr Zaid Mahmood of Punjab Universitys Institute of Chemistry. However, the University of Engineering and Technology administration will take up the case against his wife Dr Syeda Rubina Gilani who is the Associate Professor of the UET s Chemistry Department and the co-author. According to the latest documents, principal author Prof Mahmood and co-author Dr Gilani produced the research paper titled Synthesis and Spectroscopic Studies of Molybdenum and Tungsten Tetra Carbonyl Compounds with Schiff Base Ligands and published it in the Pakistan Journal of Scientific Research (Page 72-78) in 2002. However, the paper was allegedly about 100 percent plagiarised from two research papers titled Molybdenum and Tungsten(0) Tetracarbonyl Complexes with Pyridyl Amine Schiff Base Ligands published by Ayfer Mentes in the Transition Metal Chemistrys pages 77-80 in 1999. The other copied article titled, Molybdenum-Tetracarbonyl Complexes with Schiff Base Ligands was published by A. Mentes, J Fawcett, R D W Kemmitt and D R Russell in the Acta Crysallographicas pages 48-50 in the same year. After the disclosure of the couples earlier two plagiarised research papers, the Punjab University had formed a three-member committee comprising Punjab Director Public Instruction (Colleges) Dr Jalil Tariq, Lahore College for Women University Chemistry Department Chairperson Prof Dr Bushra Khan and Punjab University Additional Registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir to probe the alleged plagiarism case. When contacted, one of the PUs committee members, Dr Bushra Khan, said that these research papers are 100 percent plagiarised. She also condemned such acts and flayed such high-ranking teachers who plunder public money on the basis of fake degrees or plagiarised works. She said such teachers have no right to continue their jobs and they should immediately be terminated. Dr Bushra also said, If I am corrupt, I must be punished. How long such corrupt officials will be looting the country. However, Dr Orengzeb Alamgir, the PU additional register refused to comment on the case. A source privy to the case development told this scribe, The committee has served three notices on Mr Gilani but the latter has so far not appeared before the body. In response to the first notice seeking his reply to plagiarism allegations, Mr Gilani replied in black and white that as per HEC rules, any act of plagiarism committed before 2007 is not punishable. The source commented that only those cases whereby no financial benefits have been acquired by the person in question fall in this category. But, he added, the accused had been promoted as associate professor and then professor on the basis of these copied research papers. When Mr Gilani was issued second notice he replied, All the committee members are junior to me. Thats why I will not appear before them but did not defend him regarding the case. When asked what kind of punishment could be awarded to him if he is proved guilty, the source asserted, He (Mr Gilani) will be terminated. Likewise, the HECs Major Penalty says, In cases where most of the paper (or key results) have been exactly copied from any published work of other people without giving the reference to the original work, then (a) a major penalty of dismissal from service needs to be prescribed, along with (b) the offender may be Black Listed and may not be eligible for employment in any academic/research organisation, and (c) the notification of Black Listing of the author(s) may be published in the print media or maybe publicised on different websites at the discretion of the Vice-Chancellor/Rector/Head of the organisation. Earlier, The committee was given documents which say the couple produced two research papers titled Synthesis and Characterisation of EBonded Phenyle-Palladium Complexes with Triphenylantimony Ligands and Synthesis and Characterisation of Allyl Complexes of Molybdenum with Schiff Base Ligands and published these in the same HEC recognised journal in 2002. The first paper was plagiarised from two research papers Substitution reactions of trans and Carbon-antimony bond fission in reactions of triphenylantimony with palladium(II) published in Polyhedron and Journal of Organometallic Chemistry in November 1998 and May 1996, respectively by the same authors. Reports say the second paper was plagiarised from a research paper titled Allyl complexes of molybdenum with Schiff base ligands. The crystal structures of published in Journal of Organometallic Chemistry in 2002 by the same authors.