Magsaysay winner BHU professor, sacked for being ‘anti-national,’ moves court, HC seeks reply

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It seems the dominating theme of the Union HRD Ministry across campuses is nothing but anti-national.

Punishing anybody, who has refused to fall in line on the pretext of declaring him or her as anti-national is fast emerging as Smriti Irani’s favourite ploy.

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After Rohoth Vemula in Hyderabad University and Left leaning students of the JNU, one more ‘anti-national’ professor has approached judiciary for unfair dismissal by the university, which comes under the Union HRD Ministry head by Irani.

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The Allahabad High Court on Saturday asked the Banaras Hindu University authorities to file a counter affidavit on a petition filed by Magsaysay Award-winning social activist Sandeep Pandey, who was recently sacked as a visiting faculty member for alleged “anti-national activities”.

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Acoording to a PTI report, a division bench comprising Justice V K Shukla and Justice M C Tripathi asked the respondent authorities to file their reply by 17 February to the petition of Pandey, who was a visiting faculty member in the departments for Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in the campus.

Pandey had alleged that he was appointed as a visiting professor by a resolution of the Board of Governors of the varsity passed on 21 December last year, but the same was revoked on 16 January following accusations that he had been indulging in activities that were “anti-national” and “sympathetic towards naxals”.

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The petitioner has further contended that the Board of Governors’ revocation of resolution was a “stigma” and “not a mere termination of contract”.

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