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Amity univ shows MLA’s son the door

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, February 26, 2013
First Published: 11:47 IST(26/2/2013) | Last Updated: 12:07 IST(26/2/2013)

Samajwadi Party MLA’s son Abhinav Gupta was finally rusticated from Amity University on Monday for allegedly slapping and abusing a female teacher last week.

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Gupta was arrested and released on bail on Sunday. The university administration took the decision after the inquiry committee declared him guilty following eyewitness accounts in its report.

The university has categorically said that Gupta would not be given admission to any of its campuses across India. Sources told HT that Gupta’s parents - MLA Pramod Gupta and his wife, did not turn up despite they were requested to visit the university in this connection.

Victim teacher Archana Shukla said that Gupta got his due but refused to say anything else. “The chief minister has assured me that no injustice or harm would be done to me. There is no reason for me to disbelieve him,” Shukla said.

The colleagues, who stood by her during this crisis, apprehending a direct or indirect attack from Gupta and his followers when the issue fades away from public memory.

“Archana must get some security. It was a good gesture on the part of the chief minister to assure her all help. But, that will not help unless she gets some kind of protection from the state,” her colleagues said. Shukla wants to forget it all and resume her normal work soon.

Gupta was let off the hook in similar offences in the past because of his political connections, said a teacher of the university. He had misbehaved with Shukla in the past too over short of attendance issue. But this time he crossed all limits by slapping her and calling her names, a teacher said.

A member of the inquiry committee told HT that this action would send a strong message and help boost the confidence of the victim teacher and her colleagues.


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