St Stephen’s College Principal Valson Thampu, who has been accused of trying to cover up the alleged molestation of a research scholar, on Monday said he would feel “inclined” to resign if it was “proved objectively” that he was a cause of embarrassment to the institution. “If I am a cause of embarrassment to the institution and it is objectively proved, I will put in my papers that very moment,” he said.
Thampu, who is facing demands for resignation for allegedly pressurising the victim to withdraw the complaint, claimed that vested interests were at play. “There are certain people pulling the strings in this case, trying to malign the institution. If it makes the people pulling these strings in this case happy, I may resign. Eventually, I will let my conscience take the decision,” he added.
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Thampu had earlier sought a full-fledged judicial inquiry or a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the case.
Meanwhile, students, teachers and women’s rights activists on Monday took to the streets to demand Thampu’s resignation over the issue.
Responding to the protests, Thampu said, “What is the need to mount extra-judicial pressure on the issue? What is the need to bring various other organisations to disturb the peace on campus? I have absolute trust in the competent integrity of Delhi Police but it seems to me that the complainant and forces working behind her have no trust”.
The research scholar, who has alleged that she was molested by a college professor and Thampu had tried to shield the accused, approached police last week with four recordings. She claimed that the recordings were made during her meetings with the principal, who had allegedly pressurised her to withdraw the complaint.
Thampu had on Sunday claimed that the victim is being used against him by “certain elements” in the college.