The St Stephen’s College professor accused of sexually harassing a research scholar, on Wednesday refused to give back the woman’s research material, claiming it belonged to the UGC.
The research scholar had sent a caution note to the accused as well as Principal Valson Thampu last week, threatening legal action against them if they did not release her stipend and give her access to the compounds and computational data she had worked on.
In his reply, the professor said, “(Compunds) NY-6, NY-91, NY-92 and 2ny-132 are UGC project property. Now you are not the student under my supervision and not part of UGC project. Your claim is not justified”.
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He also claimed that the research scholar had been working on a UGC project and she had no right to claim ownership of her work, as she had quit voluntarily. “It is submitted that you have shifted out of the UGC project yourself, therefore your claims are untenable, unacceptable and unjustified. These false allegations are put for media consumption to intimidate me in accepting your unjustified demands,” he said.
At the end of the note, the accused threatened legal action against the research scholar. “You are requested not to jump into any misadventure and misuse of the process of law as well as withdraw the notice qua me with immediate effect and intimate the same within seven days from the date of receipt of this reply, failing which I shall be constrained to defend my right and take legal action against you including defamation under Indian Penal Code…” he said.