Central University of Jharkhand (CUJ) vice chancellor (VC) Nand Kumar Yadav on Monday rubbished charges levelled by assistant professor of human rights and conflict management department against him.
Shilpi Hembrom, a tribal woman and assistant professor, had in a written complaint to Ranchi Scheduled Tribe/Scheduled Caste police station last Wednesday accused Yadav of passing racist remarks, harassing her and keeping an eye on her daily activities. She also accused the varsity registrar and a few other officials of harassing her.
However, Yadav said the allegations levelled by Hembrom were in reaction to the disciplinary action taken against her for her irregularities and lackadaisical approach towards academics.
The VC said during a surprise inspection of the varsity on March 15 he found that Hembrom was absent. “Hembrom took leave from March 6 to 10 and the varsity was closed till March 14. She joined on March 16 for which she was asked an explanation,” he said. Before this, she was on leave from February 17 to March 3.
“In academic year 2016-2017, she exhausted all her leaves. She took 52 earned, 32 medical and eight casual leaves. On March 27, she again sought a month’s leave on medical ground, but refused to furnish a medical certificate,” Yadav said.
According to CUJ authorities, Hembrom received show-cause notice on March 23 and created a ‘ruckus’ at the administrative building of which the varsity has CCTV footage.
“She lay on the ground and started howling. The next day she sent an email to me with confidential as subject and wrote that she was mentally, physically and medically disturbed,” Yadav said. He added that her all allegations were baseless and levelled to malign the varsity and authorities.
Thereafter the VC told Hembrom that he intended to form a medical board to assess her physical and mental condition and ascertain if she was fit to continue as a teacher at the varsity.
Manju Kujur, officer in-charge of ST/SC police station, said an FIR would be lodged only after an initial inquiry which would be held on Tuesday. “We will lodge an FIR if any of her allegations are found to be convincing in the initial probe,” she said.
Ranchi superintendent of police (Rural) Rajkumar Lakra said Hembrom had met him earlier this week and narrated her side of the story.