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Gujarat University suspends prof on sexual harassment charges, orders dept inquiry

AHMEDABAD: Chemistry professor Vashisht Bhatt who has been accused of sexually harassing a doctorate scholar was suspended after the interior grievance committee of the Gujarat University found him responsible.

Based on the report of the interior grievance committee, the syndicate of the University which met on Wednesday suspended Bhatt. The committee also ordered a division inquiry headed via a retired judge or a senior recommend.

The Gujarat University had ordered investigation of the assistant professor who was accused of sexually harassing a doctoral scholar. Bhatt's have been barred entry to the college campus till the top of the probe

The scholar, who's pursuing her doctorate underneath Bhatt's steerage, had complained to university government and to the college's WDC that the professor had tried to sexually harass her at a lodge in Ahmedabad. All CCTV footages of the dep. where he worked and the lodge in question have been tested, mentioned a senior GU professional.

The incident happened on March 20 and the woman scholar complained about Bhatt to WDC and the pinnacle of the dep. on March 23. The WDC has met the student and the accused professor two times to investigate the subject.

The committee was also requested to seem into the allegations made via some other woman scholar, also pursuing her doctorate underneath Bhatt's steerage, who came forward and turned into a co-complainant on this subject. She too has accused the professor of getting made sexual advances towards her.

The ICC during the hearing took statements of the 2 scholars and others who have been concerned. The committee also scanned all of the video footages and even sought the CCTV of the lodge where the girl alleged that she was taken. The ICC found that the girl was being led to the lodge room which was enough to determine the truth. After going through the evidence, the committee found the professor responsible.

The committee has now ordered a departmental inquiry either via a retired judge or a senior recommend. The departmental inquiry will glance into the behaviour of the professor from the day he was appointed. Moreover, the committee will also read about if the professor was involved in different such incidents or now not.

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