Days after being indicted by an inquiry committee for undermining the principal’s authority and a day after being stripped of a “good conduct” prize he was due to receive, St Stephen’s College student and founding member of online magazine Stephen’s Weekly Devansh Mehta has been suspended for 10 days for “breaching the discipline of the college”. The suspension order drew strong reactions from the alumni, students and parents.
“Whereas Devansh Mehta of IIIrd year Philosophy Hons has been found to be guilty breaching the discipline of the college by the one-man inquiry commission, the report of which is posted on the college website, he is suspended from the college with immediate effect till April 23, 2015,” an order by principal Valson Thampu states.
Mehta’s parents hit out at Thampu, saying he should have shown “more grace in dealing with the matter”. “We are very upset with this development. The principal is clearly victimising our son for merely speaking to the media and informing them of the ban on Stephen’s Weekly,” his parents said.
“Thampu has lost the moral right to remain as principal of the college… It is shocking to note the ego and pettiness reflected in the note signed by the principal along with the inquiry report. How can a principal allow his ego to run amok to victimise a student?” Ashish Joshi, media co-ordinator, Association of Old Stephanians, said.