A group of academics and activists have petitioned President Pranab Mukherjee against the candidature of Delhi University professor Bidyut Chakrabarty for the post of DU’s vice chancellor citing an eight-year-old sexual harassment complaint against him.
Chakrabarty, has however, refuted the charge saying that the allegations were set aside by the high court.
The group said that allegations of sexual harassment were made by an employee of Gandhi Bhawan in 2007 against Chakrabarty and DU’s sexual harassment committee had found him guilty after which he was asked to step down from the post of Gandhi Bhawan’s director and head of political science department.
“It is shocking that the visitor appointed Professor Bidyut Chakrabarty to the executive council of JNU on October 8, 2015 and his name now features as a candidate for the prestigious position of the vice chancellor of the University of Delhi. The university’s apex committee had found him guilty in 2010 and he was removed from the position of Gandhi Bhawan director and HOD, political science department. He was also debarred from holding any administrative post in DU for a period of three years,” the petition said.
Chakrabarty, however, maintained that he had sought deputation from university during the period to take up two foreign assignments in Germany and USA.
“I don’t know if my name features among the shortlisted candidates for DU V-C because I have not received any official communication about it. Also if I was declared guilty by the university’s apex committee, how was I entitled to diplomatic passport using which I travelled for two assignments abroad since 2010. An HC judgment quashed all charges against me,” Chakrabarty said.