The Allahabad High Court today asked the BHU 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”.
A Division Bench comprising Justice V K Shukla and Justice M C Tripathi asked the respondent authorities to file their reply by February 17 on 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.
The petitioner has alleged that he was appointed as a visiting professor by a resolution of the Board of Governors of the varsity passed on December 21 last year, but the same was revoked on January 16 following accusations that he had been indulging in activities that were “anti-national” and “sympathetic towards naxals”.
The petitioner has further contended that the Board of Governors revocation of resolution was a “stigma” and “not a mere termination of contract”.
( Source – PTI )