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Maharashtra varsity official suspended for adding ‘Maharaj’ title to Ambedkar’s name

Sadhna Pandey, the acting registrar of the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University , was accused of harbouring “malafide” intention and following right-wing ideology by members of the university and demanded his suspension.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2018 08:45 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Aurangabad
Dr B R Ambedkar,Dalit icon,Ambedkar
Vendor sells portraits of Dr BR Ambedkar in Pune on April 13.(HT Photo/Representative image)

Acting registrar of the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Sadhna Pandey was Friday evening suspended by the vice-chancellor for adding the word “Maharaj” to the name of Dr BR Ambedkar.

Vice-chancellor B A Chopade announced the suspension of Pandey during a meeting of senate members of the varsity.

The meeting was organised to hold elections of the Management Council. Journalists were also present at the meeting.

Speaking at the meet, Pandey added “Maharaj” with the name of the Dalit icon, leading to a din at the gathering.

The senate members alleged the word has been added to Ambedkar’s name with “malafide” intention and accused Pandey of following right-wing ideology. They demanded the suspension of the acting registrar.

The VC announced Pandey’s suspension and asked her to leave the meeting.

First Published: Jun 16, 2018 08:44 IST