The executive council of Delhi University on Tuesday terminated the services of professor Sapna Jain, two days ahead of a court hearing in the allegations of sexual harassment levelled by her against vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh, ex-registrar Alka Sharma and her colleagues in the mathematics department.
The decision to sack the associate professor was passed even as a University Grants Commission inquiry in the matter is underway. It was, however, opposed by three members—Abha D Habib, Ajay Kumar and the chancellor’s nominee Javed Choudhury.
Jain had also filed an FIR in the matter in March last year. Following her complaints against her colleagues, including the department head, the human resource development (HRD) ministry set up an inquiry in September 2014. A letter from the ministry has stated that “the UGC would form a fact-finding committee comprising one academic and one administrative member”.
On January 13, Jain was served a memorandum asking her to reply within 21 days on why her services should not be terminated immediately according to Ordinance XI of the university. Jain, in turn, served a legal notice to Singh on January 27.