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Monday, August 31, 2009

AMU Teachers' Association Unequivocally Condemns Suspension of RTI Crusader Dr Tariq Islam

Unanimous Resolution has been passed by the Executive Committee of the AMU Teachers' Association on 28th August 2009 on the issue of suspension of RTI crusader Dr tariq Islam by the AMU Vice Chancellor Dr P K Abdul Azis on unspecified allegations of gross misconduct.

The resolution noted that the timing and manner of suspension of Dr Tariq smacks of witch-hunting and victimization of persons who are gathering evidence to assist the ongoing AMU Fact Finding Inquiry Committee ordered by the Hon'ble President of India in her capacity as the Visitor of AMU. This is likely to dampen the spirit of the enquiry, thus adversely influencing the course it is likely to take, besides stifling democratic norms of dissent and opposition to persons in power.

If a teacher can be suspended on the mere contemplation of enquiry, why no action has been taken against the officers who are facing serious charges of corruption which is being already investigated. The resolution further demands that the AMU administration should immediately revoke the suspension of Dr Tariq Islam and warns of convening a General Body meeting of the association early next week to decide on future course of action in case the suspension is not revoked.

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