Unfazed by wide criticism of its action, the management of a church-run college has refused to reinstate dismissed lecturer T.J. Joseph, whose hand was chopped off by activists of radical group Popular Front of India, but the government said it might step in, if necessary.
The college said Joseph's explanations were not convincing and any relaxation of disciplinary action against him would be based on the court decision.
According to church sources, Newman College manager Fr Thomas Malekkudy has responded to Joseph plea. Joseph was attacked by alleged activists of PFI on July 4 for preparing a question paper with alleged derogatory references to Prophet Mohammad.
Mahatma Gandhi University Syndicate had described the action on Joseph as a 'naked violation' of the relevant provision of MG Act and asked the college to revoke the dismissal order, which involved "gross violation" of procedures.
Ignoring the public outcry against its action and the syndicate directive, the college maintained that Joseph had never admitted to his mistake in his letters sent to the management.
Speaking to reporters in Thrissur, Education Minister M.A. Baby said, "The management's decision was like sentencing a person to life imprisonment for a minor crime."