Even as the Allahabad High Court has treated the matter as contempt of court,the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has again issued a warrant against the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Lalji Singh.
The warrant seeks appearance of the V-C before the Commission on a complaint filed by a Dalit teacher of the university. The matter has been a bone of contention between the NCSC chairman P L Punia and the V-C for quite some time.
Chairman,BHUs Press,Publication and Publicity Cell,Prof Ravi Pratap Singh said: The warrant,issued by NCSC vice-chairman,who was in-charge after the term of the chairman ended,reached BHU Wednesday. The official position was intimated to the officials concerned.
In a statement Thursday,Prof Singh said issuance of warrant at a time when the High Court has already taken cognizance of the matter was inappropriate and unfortunate and appeared to be an attempt to cause contempt of court.
The statement further said the BHU was following all the norms concerning the grievances SC faculty,students and non-teaching staff.
When contacted,Punia said he was not aware of any development in this regard. I am not aware about this thing. There is an entire team at the Commission, he said.
The matter pertains to a complaint lodged by Indu Chowdhary,a teacher in the English department,who has alleged several atrocities against her as she belonged to the Scheduled Caste.
The allegations pertained to denial of accommodation in guest house,undue deduction from her salary and other forms of mental harassment because of the community she belonged to.
It was in this connection that the BHU V-C was issued several summons and then a warrant in the month of June this year,seeking his appearance before the Commission.
The V-C approached the Allahabad High Court against the warrants and,on July 4,the court ordered stay on the NCSC order seeking his personal appearance. However,on October 3,a warrant was against sent to him from the NCSC Chairman. The V-C then filed a contempt petition in the high court.
On October 10,a single judge bench of Justice Krishna Murari issued notices to Punia seeking explanation as to why this should not be treated as willful disobedience of the court order passed on July 4. The notice was returnable within eight weeks.