Stephen's Profressor Refuses to Return Compounds, Data to Molestation Victim

St Stephen\'s professor who allegedly molested a research scholar working under him, denied to give back the victim\'s compounds and computational data saying they are UGC\'s property.

Published: 05th August 2015 08:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th August 2015 10:13 PM   |  A+A-


St. Stephen's College (Image taken from the college's official website)


NEW DELHI: St Stephen's professor who allegedly molested a research scholar working under him, today denied to give back the victim's compounds and computational data saying they are UGC's property and advised her not to "jump into any misadventure" and misuse the process of law.

In a notice sent through his lawyer, Satish Kumar, a Chemistry professor has also stated that he "reserves the right to claim back the stipend which has already been disbursed to her as she has taken up a job which is against the UGC provisions".

The victim had last week sent a "caution note" to Kumar and college principal Valson Thampu warning them of legal action if they do not facilitate disbursal of her stipend, access to her compounds and computational data within seven days.

While Thampu had denied the demands in "entirety", Kumar says she was admitted as a research fellow for a UGC project sanctioned to him and now that she is no longer his student, her claim is not justified.

"The facts given in your notice are false, fabricated, manipulated and artificially designed against me. The notice is derogatory, insulting and defamatory against me and I reserve my right to initiate appropriate legal action against you for the same," Kumar said in his response.

"You are not a project staff anymore. Project staff has no claim on the product of the project. Therefore claim is not acceptable.

"You have not done computational work. The work is done by the project investigator as part of the project. The computational data was shared with you in order to teach you importance of such data in the analysis. The work is the property of the UGC. Your false and fabricated claim on the computational data is rejected," he added.

The denial comes against the backdrop of HRD ministry's directing to Delhi University sent last month to ensure that till the time the enquiry of the Internal Complaints Committee is on, the girl is granted her stipend, access to laboratory and her supervisor is changed. Objecting to victim's move of visiting the laboratory with a fellow student Devansh Mehta, Kumar said, "since the laboratory belongs to the project in charge (PI) and no student can let anyone inside the laboratory without his permission."

"You had no right to take anyone inside without getting appropriate permission as sensitive research projects are going on inside the laboratory.

"The research samples are not your property, you were paid to carry out the project work as a project staff.  The PI is the primary inventor of the research, and college is the owner of the product of the research," he added.

The girl had approached police last month alleging that she was molested by Kumar, an assistant professor in the college's Chemistry department under whom she was pursuing research.

She had also accused Thampu of "shielding" the teacher when the matter was reported to him.

The accused professor rubbished her demands saying they are "untenable" and "unjustified".

"It is submitted that you have shifted out of the UGC project yourself, therefore your claims are untenable, unacceptable and unjustified. These false allegations are put for media consumption to intimidate me in accepting your unjustified demands," he said in the response.

Also Read: Stephen's Alumni Writes to UGC Over Thampu's Remarks

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