Sacked college lecturer to approach Apellate Tribunal
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 21:14
Kochi: The family of the Sacked college Lectuer, T J Joseph, who was dismissed from service by the private Newman college at Thodupuzha, for preparing a question paper which allegedly hurt the sentiments of the muslim community, said he would be approaching the University Apellate Tribunal, seeking to take him back into service.

Prof Joseph's sister Stella said to a news agency that her brother had told her this morning: 'I do not want do anything against the catholic church. But the college management is forcing me to go to the tribunal'.

Even after getting his dismissal order, Joseph had written to the college management to pardon him. 'He has touched the feet of the Bishop and the manager of the college seeking pardon', she said.

Stella, a nun, said she had also met the bishop on July 2, before the attack, on behalf of her brother.

The family is also upset by the pastoral letter written by the Kothamangalam bishop against joseph. Stella said the entire family was 'upset' and 'scared'.

Joseph is slowly recovering after his right hand was hacked by radical outfit Popular front of India (PFI) on July 4 and is presently undergoing physiotherapy. He was taking pain killers to ease the pain, she said.

Though the college management is adamant about its stand on the dismissal, the Syndicate of the Mahatma Gandhi University has found that the action against the lecturer was "gross violation of procedures". The management had been asked "take appropriate further steps in accordence with law, justice and equity."

Joseph said his salary was his only source of income to sustain his family and his 25 year record as a teacher had been unblemished.

Stella said the management was aware of the threat to joseph and had failed to inform them. 'If the family had been informed, we would have taken police protection or moved off to a safer place', she said adding the management knew about the threat to his life. Why did they not inform the family?

Joseph, who was teaching Malayalam literature, was first suspended after the question paper row earlier this year and dismissed from service on September 1 on the ground that he had hurt the religious sentiments of a community.

The college authorities had justified their action, holding that it was necessary to assert the secular credentials of the educational institutions run by the church.

Writers and academics, mostly from pro-Left circles have rallied round Joseph, condemning the college's action as harsh and inhuman as he had suffered physical assault from fanatics.


First Published: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 21:14

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