Reinstated, Professor Neeraj Hatekar decides to withdraw plea against varsity

Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 10:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Professor Neeraj Hatekar, who had dragged the University of Mumbai to court over his suspension, has decided to withdraw his petition now that the university has revoked the suspension order.

Hatekar, a professor from the department of economics, told dna: “In view of the suspension being revoked, I will be withdrawing my petition.”

Hatekar had approached the Bombay high court on January 8, four days after his suspension, alleging that his suspension was “patently illegal”. He had sought that his suspension be set aside.

On January 4, the university had issued a letter of suspension to Hatekar for allegedly breaching the varsity’s code of conduct by misinforming the media about irregularities by its vice-chancellor.

On December 12, Hatekar held a press conference, ‘exposing’ vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar for mismanagement of the university.

The university’s letter stated that Hatekar was being suspended for “violating code of conduct” and “moral turpitude”.

Hatekar had claimed that 48 hours prior to holding the press conference, a press note had been provided to all members of the university. “Had they found it offensive, they should have informed me in advance,” he had claimed.

At the press conference, professor Neeraj Hatekar had levelled allegations like failure to collect its share of annual student fees from colleges, several co-opted members on the boards of studies not being qualified, unusable lecture halls, malpractice in conduct of examinations and dilution of qualifications for being a doctorate guide.

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