On Tuesday, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) wrote to Delhi University’s Vice-Chancellor P.C. Joshi regarding the termination of Dr. GN Saibaba by Ram Lal Anand College. DUTA urged the VC that DU must review and withdraw any action against Dr. Saibaba.
In its letter, the DUTA said- “We wish to reiterate that since Dr. Saibaba’s appeal before the High Court is listed for hearing, the matter is sub judice and proceedings are continuing, the case against him cannot be regarded as final until all appellate remedies are exhausted.”
The letter further adduced a similar case of professor S.A.R. Geelani of Zakir Hussain College (evening). He was accused in the Parliament attack case of 2001 but later acquitted by the High Court.
The letter read – “Dr. Geelani was suspended after his arrest in Parliament attack case and his service was not terminated despite his conviction and award of death penalty by the trial court. He remained under suspension and was reinstated upon acquittal by the High Court. It is submitted that, similarly, any action against Dr. Saibaba, should await the final decision of the High Court in the matter of his appeal,”
RLA college’s decision of termination “came as a shock” since it did not respond to an earlier show-cause notice by Prof Saibaba’s wife- Vasantha served on September 3 last year.
DUTA further said- “The decision to terminate his services without waiting for his reply, when he (Prof Saibaba) is unable to respond, seems arbitrary, vindictive and against the principles of natural justice.”