Mumbai university physical education head who abused colleague acquitted

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 11:10am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The head of department (HOD) of physical education (PE) department of Mumbai university, who had been arrested for allegedly abusing her associate professor on the basis of his caste, has been acquitted. According to the sessions court, the prosecution failed to prove the charges.

On October 26, 2010, Vishwambhar Jadhav, 39, registered a complaint against Vasati Kadhirawan for allegedly abusing him on the basis of his caste. A case was registered under the atrocity Act.

Advocate for the accused, Dinesh Patankar, said: “Jadhav was a lecturer-cum-sports coordinator with the PE department. He was suspended due to internal reasons. Jadhav had approached the university for his salary arrears when he claimed Kadhirawan abused him for belonging to a reserved caste. Jadhav also said she tried to throttle him and snatched his gold chain.”

The complainant immediately registered a complaint at BKC police station. The police carried out a preliminary inquiry into the case, and after investigation an FIR was registered on November 27, 2010. The prosecution examined three witnesses, including the complainant.

“My client was not present at the university when the alleged incident occurred. The prosecution didn’t produce any evidence to support our claim. None of the witnesses supported the prosecution’s case. Due to lack of evidence, my client was acquitted,” added Patankar.

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