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A Dalit Colleague Files Case Against 4 IIT-Kanpur Professors Under SC/ST Atrocities Act

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| November 19 , 2018 , 20:48 IST

An assistant professor of Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) had registered a case against four IIT professors under the SC/ST Atrocities Act for harassing him, a police official said on Monday.

The case has been filed by Subrahmanyam Saderla, an assistant professor of the Aerospace Department, against four of his colleagues professors Ishan Sharma, Sanjay Mittal, Rajeev Shekhar and Chandrashekhar Upadhyaya under Section 500 of the IPC, Section 66 of the Information Technology Act and Section B-2B (A) of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities).  

The Board of Governors has already found the quartet guilty of mocking, mental torture and intimidation.

In his complaint, Saderla alleged that he had applied for a job in July 2017 and was given his appointment letter on December 28 2017, after clearance by external experts.

Speaking to media Rajesh Pandey, Circle officer, Kalyanpur said, "Since punishment under these sections attract less than seven years of sentence, the accused persons will not be arrested immediately. Action will be initiated after completing investigation into the matter."

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It is learnt that Saderla had joined IIT-K as an assistant professor this January 1, he told the police in his complaint.

He went on to allege that during a symposium on January 4, Sanjay Mittal made a derogatory comment on him after which his appointment was questioned.

He had thereafter made a complaint to the state SC/ST Commission which was heard on April 10 and orders were issued against the four professors.

The accused professors, however, went to the High Court where they obtained a stay.