GN Saibaba’s wife condemns dismissal from Delhi University

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Jailed assistant professor Saibaba received a memorandum of his dismissal on March 31 at Ram Lal Anand College, University of Delhi.

GN Saibaba’s dismissal is an attempt to intimidate other human rights activists, according to his wife AS Vasantha. The jailed scholar was fired as an assistant professor by Ram Lal Anand College at the University of Delhi on March 31, a move that drew him harsh criticism from civil society.

Saibaba, who is convicted of his alleged association with Maoists, was removed from his post by the college on March 31.

“The services of Dr GN Saibaba, Assistant Professor, Ram Lal Anand College are terminated with effect from the afternoon of March 31, 2021”, reads the memorandum published by Ram Lal Anand College.

The college’s decision has caused great distress to his wife and family, who are worried about their future, having been deprived of an income. “I’m worried about our loans. My daughter is continuing her post-graduation studies. Our finances are in bad shape. It is a simple harassment on the part of the administration. They want to make an example of us and intimidate other intellectuals, ”Vasantha told TNM.

Saibaba, who is in a wheelchair, is an assistant professor at Ram Lal Anand College. He was arrested in 2014 for allegedly maintaining links with Maoists. Subsequently, he was convicted in 2017 by the Gadchiroli Magistrates’ Court and is serving a prison term in the isolation cell of Nagpur Prison. After his arrest, he receives only 50% of his salary.

The action taken by the University has been described as “arbitrary and in total violation of all principles of natural justice” by the Committee for the Defense and Liberation of Dr. GN Saibaba, which includes activists and intellectuals.

In a statement issued on April 6 calling on the College to reinstate the imprisoned professor, the Committee said: “The Committee for the Defense and Release of Dr. GN Saibaba strongly condemns this arbitrary action and demands that the College and University of Delhi immediately reverse their decision. , and reinstate Dr Saibaba on duty, until his appeal against his conviction is dismissed.

The inquiry committee initiated disciplinary action against Saibaba in May 2017, and the second show cause notice was issued in September 2020, as the jailed professor was recovering from COVID-19. Due to the restrictions imposed in prison due to COVID-19, which did not allow “Mulakaats”, Vasantha had requested time in college, which was taken into account on0. However, they only gave a fortnight to respond.

She responded by stating that Dr Saibaba was unable to respond due to extreme illness and the lockdown due to COVID-19 only made things worse for him. However, without waiting for Dr Saibaba’s response to this second opinion, the College has arbitrarily, and in total violation of all principles of natural justice, terminated its services, ”the Committee said.

Likewise, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association condemned the action of Ram Lal Anand College.

“If the University approved the Board’s decision, it appears to be at odds with its own explicit instruction to issue a further notice of justification to Dr. Saibaba. Once the justification had been given, the college should have waited for the response before taking adverse action in this regard. The decision to end his services without waiting for his response, when he is unable to respond due to prison lockdown conditions and extreme health (which includes positive tests for Covid as well as other life-threatening illnesses) seems arbitrary, vindictive and against the principles of natural justice, ”the statement from DUTA reads.

Inhuman action

Besides intellectuals and rights activists, politicians have also condemned the suppression of Saibaba.

Speaking to TNM, Sravan Dasoju, Congress spokesperson in Telangana, said: “First of all, these are all fabricated cases. They (the government) want to create an environment of threat and intimidation with these cases, and on top of that, the dismissal is nothing but harassment. The message they are trying to get across is that anyone who has an ideology different from that of the ruling party will all be penalized. “

“The dismissal is definitely harassment. It has to be decided by the court. The Congress party does not believe in this kind of unilateral decision. It is undemocratic and contrary to human rights.

TRS MP Keshava Rao also condemned the College’s decision. Stating that Saibaba’s dismissal amounted to a human rights violation, he reportedly said: “It is not correct to remove him from his job while the case is still pending in court. There are several cases where professors have resumed their duties after being acquitted by the court in various cases. ”

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