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NLS shortsgate prof: I neither apologised nor expressed regret to students

Shorts: A regrettable fashion choice?
Shorts: A regrettable fashion choice?

NLSIU Bangalore professor Dr V Nagaraj, the teacher who was accused by third-year students of criticising a female student for wearing shorts to a lecture and making inappropriate comments, said that contrary to two press reports citing anonymous students and an NLSIU student source quoted anonymously by Legally India yesterday, he had not apologised to the students.

He wrote to Legally India today via email:

I strongly deny the news reported in legallyindia.com today that according to one of the unidentified students, I have apologized for what has happened and asked the students to keep it to themselves and not to reveal it to media.

It is gross misrepresentation on the part of the student who reported. It is for the Vice-Chancellor as head of the institution to take appropriate action as he deems fit.

I would also like to add that I have informed the Vice-Chancellor that I will not be teaching the batch of students in question. As a Professor, keeping in mind the decorum of the institution and myself, I do not want to involve myself in such media trial.

When asked whether it was maybe a misunderstanding on the part of students about whether he had expressed “regret”, rather than apologised, Nagaraj responded:

In order to avoid doubts, it is hereby clarified that “no regrets was expressed nor apology”. Further as to how the problem was resolved is an institutional matter.

He requested that any further questions on the matter be addressed directly to vice chancellor Venkata Rao, who had circulated a press release yesterday requesting the media from reporting the matter any further since the issue had now been “amicably resolved” between professor and students.

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