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Alleged NUJS sexual harasser suspended by college after dodging inquiry

NUJS Kolkata on Saturday suspended the administrative employee accused by a colleague of sexual harassment, who was due to file a written reply to an inquiry committee at the law school. The law school cited non-cooperation as the reason for suspension.

NUJS registrar Surojit Mukhopadhyay told The Telegraph that the suspension order was communicated to the accused by email on Saturday, because he had been absconding. He added that the staffer would remain suspended until the internal inquiry committee came up with a “firm resolution”.

The accused was not traceable by the police after the colleague accused him of sexual harassment, physical assault and criminal intimidation by threat of an acid attack. However, he had filed for anticipatory bail last week and his application will be heard by a magistrate today.

He had been on leave since the victim complained internally at NUJS, applying for an extension of his leave on 1 August. However, the administration had declined to grant the extension, as reported by Legally India, with vice chancellor Prof Ishwara Bhatt saying that the administration intended to hand him over to the police as soon as he showed up on campus.

The victim had first filed her complaint on 12 June, allegedly over a year after informally bringing the issue to Bhatt’s notice. After no internal hearing in her complaint at the law school for 43 days, she filed a criminal complaint at the Bidhannagar police station against the accused. Until Saturday’s suspension, the accused had only been asked to go on leave without pay.

NUJS was due to hold the first hearing in her complaint on 20 August.

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