Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, under arrest for his alleged Maoist links, was served an eviction notice by the university on Monday to vacate his Gwyer Hall residence.
The eviction notice followed a showcause notice from the university issued to the professor’s family on May 23. The notice, accessed by Newsline, asks Saibaba and his family to vacate the house on the grounds of “unauthorised possession of the premises in question since March 31, 2010 due to the absence of any valid agreement in the eyes of the law”.
“Delhi University sent a showcause notice to G N Saibaba’s home on May 23, asking why he shouldn’t vacate the premises, and asking his representatives to appear before it on Monday. On Monday, Saibaba’s wife Vasantha and DUTA president Nandita Narain met the estate officer to explain that the matter was subjudice. In the evening, Vasantha received an eviction order from the university, which she refused to accept since it was undated,” Karen Gabriel, associate professor, Department of English at St Stephen’s College, said.
DUTA president Nandita Narain took up the issue with Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh during an interaction on Monday. “We appealed to the V-C to not evict him since the matter is currently subjudice,” Narain told Newsline. However, she claimed that the vice-chancellor was “unresponsive”.
Meanwhile, a matter regarding a recovery notice issued to the professor earlier was taken up at Tis Hazari court on Monday. The court asked the university to respond by July 5 on “why any action was taken when a stay had been issued on the operation of the recovery notice”.
“The court had earlier issued a stay on the process, after DU had issued a recovery notice. The court of district judge A K Chawla asked the university to respond on why any action was taken even though a stay had been issued on the operation of the recovery notice,” Saibaba’s lawyer Chandrashekhar Parashar told Newsline.