New Delhi: A request for reinstatement by Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, who is out on bail in a case of alleged Maoist links, has resulted in a confrontation between a section of students and university teachers.
While the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) is supporting the 90 per cent disabled professor on the issue of reinstatement, a group of students led by members of ABVP is opposing it claiming the move will have a "bad influence" on students.
An English professor at Ram Lal Anand College, Saibaba was suspended from DU following his arrest by Maharashtra Police in 2014 for alleged Maoist links. He was lodged in Nagpur Central Jail for 14 months and granted bail in July 2015 after the court noticed his deteriorating health condition.
However, the bail was cancelled and he was re-arrested in December last.
The Supreme Court had earlier this month granted him bail saying Maharashtra government has been "extremely unfair" to him.
"I have requested the college to reinstate my services so I can get back to leading a normal life. I have been informed that a one-member committee has been formed by the college to look into the issue," Saibaba said.
The decision to form the committee was taken at a Governing Body (GB) meeting of the college in which representative of DUTA supported his demand.
However, members of ABVP led by Delhi University Students' Union Joint Secretary Chhatrapal Yadav staged a protest outside college yesterday and submitted a memorandum to the authorities.
"He should not be allowed to join back because this will set a wrong precedent as well as have a bad influence on students. If the administration goes ahead with it, we will oppose the move," Yadav said.
When contacted, College Principal Vijay K Sharma said, "The committee will look into the issue and a final decision will be taken only on basis of its recommendations."