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High Court sets aside panel order to sack Ramjas College vice-principal

The Delhi High Court on Monday set aside the 2008 Inquiry Committee’s recommendation to dismiss Professor B N Ray,former vice-principal of Ramjas College,who was held guilty by the committee for sexually harassing male students.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi |
May 23, 2012 12:57:54 am

The Delhi High Court on Monday set aside the 2008 Inquiry Committee’s recommendation to dismiss Professor B N Ray,former vice-principal of Ramjas College,who was held guilty by the committee for sexually harassing male students. The court noted that the committee had failed to give Ray an opportunity to cross-examine the witnesses and also abstained from supplying him all the requisite statements and complaints,in order to enable him adequately defend the charges.

“The findings recorded and the recommendations made by the Inquiry Committee/Sub-Committee are hereby quashed. The respondents (Ramjas College and Delhi University) will supply copies of all previous complaints and statements of witnesses,to the petitioner,within four weeks,unless such complaints/statements have already been supplied to him,” a bench of Justices B D Ahmed and V K Jain said.

The Inquiry Committee,in its report in March 2008,had concluded that the charges of sexual harassment against Ray stood proved. It said Ray should be dismissed from service without prejudice to his financial benefits and the governing body of the college should ensure action in this regard,in accordance with the provisions of the University Ordinance.

Ray,however,had challenged the legality of the committee and sought the quashing of the notification permitting the committee to inquire into sexual harassment charges against him.

The court has asked the committee to conclude the fresh inquiry,which would begin from the stage of cross-examination,within six months and then submit its report to the college and the university for further action.

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