The Calcutta University syndicate on Monday decided to withdraw the suspension of a teacher found guilty of molesting a student in 2007.
“The suspension of Indubhusan Mondal has been withdrawn. He will soon be reinstated but he will not go back to Viharilal College of Home and Social Sciences,” said CU registrar Basab Chaudhuri. A student of the New Alipore college had lodged the molestation complaint.
Defending the decision, a CU source said rules debar the authorities from keeping a teacher under suspension for more than two years. Mondal completed two years of suspension in February.
According to an apex court ruling, a teacher found guilty of sexual harassment can be suspended or dismissed. The syndicate had decided against sacking Mondal following a recommendation by a one-member committee of a former high court judge that Mondal be asked to tender an unconditional apology. The panel had found him guilty of molestation.
Mondal had tendered an apology in August 2010.
The CU decision has triggered resentment among teachers at Viharilal College. “We are shocked. He deserves a harsher punishment,” said a teacher.