A day after a professor of the University Institute of Law and Management Studies (UILMS) in Gurgaon was arrested for allegedly molesting and seeking sexual favours from a third-year law student, he was suspended from the college on Tuesday.
The accused assistant professor, Dr Virendra Sindhu, 27, was suspended following an initial inquiry by a team of officials from the Rohtak-based Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) which visited the college.
"We sent our report to the MDU vice-chancellor who has suspended Sindhu," professor SP Khatkar, proctor of MDU, told HT. Professor Sunita Malhotra, chairperson of the anti-sexual harassment committee of MDU, said that since the accused was already behind bars, the university had to suspend him.
Khatkar said the matter will now be sent to the MDU's executive council which will form a disciplinary committee to look into the merits of the allegation against Sindhu.
Meanwhile, the accused professor was produced before a judicial magistrate on Tuesday which sent him to 14 days in judicial remand.
SHO Jai Prakash of the Sector-40 police station, where the FIR has been registered, said the institute's director Dr Preet Singh has also been called to join the investigation. Singh was approached by the complainant on April 5 but no action was taken against the accused.
The 22-year-old complainant is a resident of Saket in New Delhi. She had alleged that the professor had been pressurising her to give in to his sexual advances and promised good marks in return.To prove her claims, she produced audio clips of her conversation with the accused on her mobile phone.
One such clip was recorded at the professor's home where, she claimed she went intentionally, to record the conversation.
Interestingly, while a group of students had protested against the college's inaction over the girl's complaint, another group on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Gurgaon police commissioner claiming the accused was being framed.