DU teacher to face the axe for sexual harassment
A faculty member of Mathematics department on grounds of being proven guilty by the Apex Committee in a sexual harassment case, reports HT Correspondent.delhi Updated: Jul 30, 2008 23:59 IST
The Executive Council (EC) of Delhi University has once again endorsed its decision of terminating services of Atul Razdan, a faculty member of Mathematics department (South Campus), on grounds of being proven guilty by the Apex Committee in a sexual harassment case.
The final decision of the Varsity was made during the EC meeting held on Tuesday.
Razdan was booked under DU ordinance 15D (regarding sexual harassment) in March 2007 after a student of Mathematics department, south campus, accused him of molestation.
After reviewing the Apex Committee’s report the EC first decided to sack Razdan on September 28 last year. The senior lecturer then moved court in appeal against he decision.
“Razdan wanted to see the proceedings of the committee. The High Court said that for natural justice to prevail Razdan should be provided the needful and then he should file an appeal in 15 days time. The University has, since then, sent four letters asking him to come and see the records, but he has failed to appear. Keeping this in view the EC has finally concluded that the University is no longer obligated to show him the documents and that his services shall be terminated as per the decision made on September 28,” said Rekha Dayal, an elected member of the EC.
“Once Razdan failed to appear after repeated reminders the EC sought legal opinion, which stated that the University has no reason to wait any longer and should take further action as per the decision made on September 28,” said Supreme Court advocate and EC member Khem Singh Bhati.
Razdan, however, refused to comment on the issue when Hindustan Times contacted him.
This not the first time DU has taken action against a teacher on charges of sexual harassment. In 2007, the Executive Council had also terminated the services of Gurcharan Singh Arshi, a professor of Punjabi department and removed Bidyut Chakrabarty from the post of head of Political Science department.