Principal accuses AAP MLA's husband of 'pressuring' him for admission

A Delhi school principal has accused an AAP MLA's husband of "pressuring" him to admit a student, a charge denied by the MLA's husband.

New Delhi: A Delhi school principal has accused an AAP MLA's husband of "pressuring" him to admit a student, a charge denied by the MLA's husband.

In a complaint to the state Education Department yesterday, Principal of Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, BT Block, Shalimar Bagh, Ranjeet Kumar said that AAP MLA Bandana Kumari's husband Sajjan Kumar had "threatened" him of dire consequences if his demands were not met.

The Principal has said that he would resign if no action is taken in connection with his complaint.

"This is to inform that I have been facing lot of political pressure for admission from class 6 to 11 which do not come under RTE Act/departmental norms," the principal said in the complaint titled "Harassment and misbehavior by Sajjan Kumar".

"Various persons have come time and again from her (Bandana Kumari's) office for admission and a few had also been done which come under departmental rules.

"Yesterday, Sajjan Kumar called me without introducing himself as husband of Kumari. He said that his referred admission had not been done in class 10. I told him to come and meet personally...Audio of the same is available with me. He then came to the school and started speaking loudly along with his volunteer Sanjay Mishra.

"He did not listen to my point of view and told me to either get VRS or he would get me terminated or make me face dire consequences," the principal alleged.

Sajjan Kumar admitted to having visited the principal, but denied "threatening him".

"I did visit the principal to request him for admission of a student who is needy and cannot enroll in a private school. But I did not threaten him about his job," he told PTI.

The complainant has also said that Sajjan Kumar asked "him to cater to all his whims with his staff which he refused to do."

"He accused me of taking money for admission which is completely false... All this behaviour has been demeaning and demoralising for a person on my post who has always been most sincere towards his duty," he said in the complaint.

"You are requested to take immediate action in this regard. Also allow me to lodge a police complaint keeping in mind my safety and self respect. If any unforeseen and unwanted incident happens with me and my family, then the responsibility of the same lies with Sajjan Kumar and Sanjay Mishra. If no action is taken on my complaint then to maintain my dignity I will have to resign," he said.

Senior officials in the Education Department confirmed the receipt of the complaint, and said it would be forwarded to the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister.

"We have taken note of the complaint and the matter will be placed before the Deputy Chief Minister," an official said.

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