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HC dismisses plea of Ram-hating professor

india Updated: Aug 12, 2008 00:32 IST
Urvi Mahajani

It seems the Lord was not amused by the comments of Vaijnath Kalse, a former history professor at Gogate College in Ratnagiri, who said Rama was a thief and Ravana a decent person.

Though the Bombay High Court does not believe in gods or luck, it has rejected a petition filed by Kalse — the professor who had tried to end his life outside the chief justice’s chamber on April 10 — challenging his dismissal from the college.

Justice DY Chandrachud rejected Kalse’s petition saying: “It is not appropriate for a professor to make such remarks... (to) students in the classroom.”

An affidavit filed by the Mumbai university complained that Kalse taught students Prabhu Ram was a thief and Ravana was a decent person, and also said that Maratha warrior-king Shivaji was very unjust and treated the weaker sections of society with contempt.

Kalse was dismissed from his job in 1997 after some students complained that Kalse, who also used to head the department of Marathi literature, also passed vulgar comments about girls in his class if they failed to answer a question correctly.