Delhi: Jamia VC Najma Akhtar assures 'fair investigation' in sexual harassment case against professor

Delhi: Jamia VC Najma Akhtar assures 'fair investigation' in sexual harassment case against professor

Dr S Veeramani, an assistant professor at the Department of Management Studies, was suspended by the university after a complaint was lodged against him by a student of sexual harassment.

PTIUpdated: Friday, February 10, 2023, 09:41 PM IST
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Jamia VC Najma Akhtar | Twitter/@jmiu_official

New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Najma Akhtar on Friday assured "proper and fair investigation" into the sexual harassment charges against an assistant professor of the varsity, and action, if he is found guilty of the crime.

University deals with "these rare cases" with utmost caution, Akhtar told PTI.

Dr S Veeramani, an assistant professor at the Department of Management Studies, was suspended by the university after a complaint was lodged against him by a student of sexual harassment.

"Investigation is underway in the matter. We are taking the matter seriously. Our ICC (Internal Complaints Committee) is very strong and actions will be taken appropriately. Both sides will be given chance to present their sides," Akhtar said. "We take these kinds of issues very seriously. There is a very rare case. We assure proper and fair investigation into the matter," she added.

Professor faces FIR; gets suspended

The Delhi Police has also registered a case against the assistant professor. Akhtar said the university has not been approached by the police as of yet.

Another senior official informed PTI that the matter against the professor came to the administration on February 7 morning and the university immediately put him under suspension to ensure a fair trial.

According to a notification issued by Registrar Nazim Husain Jafri on February 7, the university had asked the professor not to leave the campus without prior approval of the competent authority until the probe is done.

"The professor has committed sexual harassment at the workplace which constitutes serious misconduct," the notification had said, adding, that the professor has been suspended with immediate effect.

Professor remains silent on sexual harassment allegations

The university notification said that an inquiry is being conducted by the Internal Complaints Committee into the alleged misconduct of S Veeramani, Assistant Professor, Department of Management Studies.

The ICC will submit its report "as early as possible," it said.

"If proven guilty, the Executive Council will decide what action should be taken over the matter," the official said.

The accused professor did not respond to calls or texts from PTI.

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