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Case against NUJS prof who slapped student closed with ‘stern warning’

NUJS executive 'slapgate' investigation closed
NUJS executive 'slapgate' investigation closed
NUJS Kolkata has closed its investigation into a student’s allegation of physical assault by a faculty member, allowing the teacher to continue at the law school after a “stern warning”.

On 30 April, final year NUJS student Adreeka Pandey was allegedly slapped by assistant professor Dr Lovely Dasgupta, who was invigilating an examination at the law school. Pandey had entered the examination room a few minutes late and insisted on sitting for the exam despite Dasgupta’s refusal, as reported by Legally India at the time.

Pandey told Legally India that Dasgupta apologised to her orally and in writing soon after the incident, but she nevertheless asked for a disciplinary inquiry by the NUJS administration against the member of staff.

NUJS vice chancellor (VC) Prof Ishwara Bhatt told Legally India yesterday that the law school’s executive council (EC) resolved to let Dasgupta continue working at the law school in her current position after a “stern warning” from the EC, since she had tendered a written apology and “was not involved in such conduct in the past”.

NUJS registrar Dr Surojit Mukhhopadhyay added: “It’s a closure as far as we are concerned. It is not an order, the EC has given a resolution. The EC has the mandate to deliberate upon it. We have taken [the complaint] to investigation and followed the EC’s resolution, our duty has been discharged.”

Pandey said yesterday that the college had not yet told her about the final decision, despite her having made several requests since June.

“The matter was tabled on 15 June in front of the EC and still the order isn’t out,” she said. “I’ve been told I can only personally come to Calcutta from Delhi and take this resolution. I am doing my best to obtain it. I will file an RTI if I don’t get it soon without flying to Calcutta.”

She said that “a warning of some sort” was “completely disproportionate and not befitting of the public humiliation I underwent” and that there was no reason to rejoice about the fact that there is an order “notwithstanding what [the order] says”.

Dasgupta did not reply to an email and calls seeking comment.

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