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Hindu college suspends two teachers; college teachers, DUTA demands withdrawal

The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA)
along with the staff association of Hindu College staged a Dharna in the
College to demand the withdrawal of the suspension of two teachers of the
College.

A large number of teachers from across colleges in
the University participated in the Dharna. The Daulat Ram College Staff
Association sent an official delegation in solidarity.

 Two teachers
of the college, Jai Inderpal Singh and Arvind Chaudhry, were issued show cause
notices on 25.9.13, by the Chairman of the Governing Body, S N P Punj, asking
why action should not be taken against them for allegedly manhandling some
colleagues in a staff association meeting.

The notice cited a complaint filed by the
individuals who were allegedly manhandled. The two teachers were given time to
reply till 25.10.13.

Even before receiving their reply, they were issued
another letter by the Chairman on 12.10.13, informing them that they had been
suspended, pending enquiry. Two teacher representatives on the GB testified in
writing that such a decision had never been taken by the Governing Body, thus
rendering the Chairman’s action completely illegal, besides being against the
principles of natural justice.

However, the Chairman, in blatant disregard of
procedures, norms and facts, has proceeded with the enquiry against the two
teachers, the hearings for which have been held in his private office at Punj
Essen House, Nehru Place, a clear case of vested interest.

As per DUTA, many teachers speaking at the Dharna
underlined the fact that these two teachers had been victimized for taking a
stand against the corrupt nexus between the trustees of Hindu College, Shri Ram
Group, and the Delhi University Administration.

 “The DUTA
condemns the malafide actions of the Chairman as well as the dubious role
played by the Officiating Principal. It demands immediate withdrawal of the
suspension and a public apology to the two teachers who have been unjustly
targeted. If these demands are not met, the DUTA will be compelled to intensify
its action programme,” DUTA said.

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