Suspended IIT professor, Rajiv Kumar, has been described by the Supreme Court as an “unsung hero” who helped make the entrance examination to premier institutions more transparent.
IIT-Kharagpur had on May 13, 2011 suspended Kumar on charges of damaging the institute’s reputation by constantly filing RTI pleas and then appealing to the Central Information Commission (CIC) against the institute’s view.
Kumar’s five-year tirade started when his son failed to clear the 2006 IIT-JEE. He used the RTI Act to get information on the IIT-JEE selection process and claimed his son, who now works with Microsoft, had been wronged owing to the selection criteria.
The SC on Tuesday, after listening to IITs, dismissed his claim observing it does not have technical know-how to challenge the IIT experts, but said Kumar should be satisfied with being one of the many “unsung heroes who helped improve the system”.
SC judges RV Raveendran and AK Patnaik said: “IITs and the candidates, who now appear for the examinations must, to a certain extent, thank the appellants (Kumar) for their effort to bring such transparency ... in the ranking procedure.”
Kumar’s RTI application triggered a storm, with the CIC asking the IITs to give the information sought.
Kumar obtained data of all JEEs since 2006 and analysed them for claiming discrepancies in the examination system.