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HC breather for principal

Calcutta High Court on Wednesday set aside the decision of the Maharaja Manindra Chandra College’s governing body to sack principal Manturam Samanta.

“The court, after hearing all the sides, sets aside the decision taken by the governing body of Maharaja Manindra Chandra College on August 1 and directs the college authorities to allow the petitioner (Samanta) to continue in his post till October 24 this year,” Justice Dipankar Dutta said.

The order says the college authorities can initiate fresh investigations against Samanta but the probe will have to be completed by October 24.

Samanta had been appointed principal on probation in August 2012. His services had not been confirmed till August 1 this year, the day he was removed from the post by the governing body citing administrative and financial irregularities.

Justice Dutta said the status of Samanta’s services — on probation — would remain the same till October 24.

His services would have to be confirmed if the probe findings prove him not guilty of the charges levelled against him.

In case the college chooses not to initiate a fresh investigation, Samanta would function as the permanent principal of the college from October 24.

It was learnt during hearings that the governing body had not followed the right procedure while removing Samanta.

Many college and university teachers had felt that the charges against Samanta were not that grave enough to warrant his dismissal.

Some observed that Samanta had been “victimised” because he had said in a TV interview last year that several Trinamul leaders, including ministers, have recommended admission of students beyond the sanctioned strength.

Samanta had moved a case before the high court challenging the legality of governing body’s decision.

Cop assaulted

A Calcutta police sub-inspector was allegedly assaulted at gunpoint when he tried to resist a group blocking a road with a vehicle on Tuesday morning at Haridevpur.

Rahul Dev Majumdar, a sub-inspector posted at Anandapur police station, was on his way home near Dhalipara at Haridevpur when the incident happened. “He had asked the driver of a truck blocking the way at the crossing of Dhalipara-Aurobindanagar to remove the vehicle. The driver and local people assaulted him for this,” an officer said.