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A Jamia Millia Islamia professor who wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee alleging financial and administrative irregularities in the university and opposed a decision to have 5 per cent reservation for wards of employees has been suspended for 90 days.
Professor Obaid Siddiqui received his suspension order Tuesday, two days after he wrote to the President. The university has also directed him not to leave the city without permission during the period of his suspension.
Reacting to the suspension order, Siddiqui told The Indian Express Wednesday, “Under pressure from 30 to 40 lumpen elements… the VC has suspended me for no reason. This university is moving towards Talibanisation. I had written to the President under Statute 8, as he is the guardian of the university, which is my right.” Earlier this week, Siddiqui had sought police protection, alleging he was threatened with dire consequences for sending the representation.
Jamia spokesperson Mukesh Ranjan said, “The professor has been suspended on account of allegations of misconduct and the circumstances under which the decision has been taken will be conveyed to the Executive Council. This move is in the best interest of the university.”
Siddiqui has opposed the quota move despite Delhi High Court quashing such an arrangement. Jamia authorities say these seats will not be from the existing strength but added extra.