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Delhi High Court seeks Centre’s stand on plea for removal of Jamia professor


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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought the Centre and the Jamia Millia Islamia University’s stand on a plea seeking setting aside of the reinstatement of a professor who was removed from the varsity over allegation of plagiarism. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Centre and the university seeking their reply to the petition which has sought contempt action against various officials of the varsity for allegedly fabricating a court order to facilitate the professor’s re-instatement.

The plea, by a former student of the university, has alleged in that the professor had copied from a book — Media, Markets and Democracy — in his book — Democracy and Media. The petition has said that the university had in May 2011 removed the professor who had challenged the decision in the high court where a single judge in September 2011 and a division bench in April 2012 had affirmed the step taken by the varsity.

Thereafter, in 2015 the varsity amended a provision of the Jamia Millia Islamia Act that dealt with removal of academic staff to allow review of such a decision, the plea has said and added that subsequent to the amendment, the professor moved a representation seeking a re-look into his removal. The varsity upheld its earlier decision, and the professor challenged it in the high court which in August 2016 dismissed his plea, against which he filed an appeal before a division bench, the petition by Hamidur Rehman has claimed.

The professor, Deepak Kem, also filed a review plea against the 2012 decision of the high court, the petition said and alleged that this was not disclosed to the court. Thereafter, the university told the high court that it has decided to review the professor’s plea for re-instatement and based on the submission, Kem’s appeal of 2016 was disposed of, the plea has said. Kem was then re-instated as a professor in the varsity but the decision has now been challenged in the high court by the former student of the university.