After claiming that the former Chief Proctor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) had tendered his resignation much before the February 9 event, the university on Monday further clarified that he took the decision as he desired to keep only one of his official positions.
Certain news reports had suggested that the former chief proctor Krishan Kumar had resigned from his position on February 29, after he was pressurised into signing a note suspending eight students for organising the Afzal Guru event. These allegations were trashed by the administration.
Clarifying their position further, the JNU administration in an official statement on Monday said that Kumar had expressed his desire to continue on only one post on January 29.
“Professor Krishan Kumar, former Chief Proctor, desired to serve either as a Chief Proctor, or the Senior Warden of Periyar on 29.01.2016. Since continuing as Senior Warden would have enabled him to continue living in the warden residence, Prof. Krishan Kumar preferred to continue as Sr. Warden. A new Chief Proctor, A P Dimri (SES) has been approved,” read the official statement.
Kumar was part of the Proctorial Committee which was set up by the university to probe the incident on February 11. However, the very same day, the committee was superseded by a High Level Enquiry Committee which comprised three faculty members – Rakesh Bhatnagar, Himadri Bohidar and Suman Dhar.
On the basis of a preliminary report by the committee, the university suspended eight students from academic activity while allowing them to stay as guests in hostels till the inquiry proceedings were over.
While the committee initially had three members, two new members were added after the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) pressed for expanding the committee to make it more inclusive and representative.