New Delhi, April 6, 2021: Calling the decision of
Delhi University’s Ram Lal Anand (RLA) College to terminate services of
Assistant Professor G N Saibaba as “arbitrary and in violation of all
principles of natural justice”, a group of academics and writers
defending Saibaba’s case Tuesday asked the college to reverse its
decision and reinstate the professor.
Saibaba, convicted at the Nagpur Central Jail for Maoist links in
2017, had been teaching English in RLA since 2003. He was under
suspension since 2014 when he was arrested, and received 50% of his
salary thereafter. On March 31, RLA Principal issued a memorandum
terminating his services with immediate effect.
The ‘Committee for the Defense and Release of Dr G N Saibaba’
comprises teachers from the University of Delhi and other universities,
writers, artists, social and political activists.
“The committee has learned that the College had been given a clear
directive from the University of Delhi to send a second Show Cause
Notice to Dr Saibaba, regarding the termination of his services, in June
2019. In November 2020, the College wrote again to Dr Saibaba’s wife,
stating that he would be given fifteen days to reply. She replied
stating that Dr Saibaba was unable to reply because of extreme
ill-health, and the lockdown due to COVID-19 only made matters worse for
him,” G Haragopal, convenor of the committee said in a statement.
“However, without waiting for Dr Saibaba’s reply to this second
notice, the College has arbitrarily, and in complete violation of all
principles of natural justice, proceeded to terminate his services… The
Committee for the Defense and Release of Dr G N Saibaba strongly
condemns this arbitrary action, and demands that the college and Delhi
University immediately reverse their decision, and reinstate Dr Saibaba
in service, until his appeal against his conviction is disposed off,” he
The committee said Saibaba had appealed his conviction in the Nagpur
High Court, and was “hopeful of a favorable verdict”, and that he had
also contracted Covid-19 earlier this year.
“Under the circumstances, it is nothing short of inhuman to terminate his services in this unjust manner,” the Committee said.
The DU Teachers’ Association (DUTA) also wrote to the DU VC Tuesday
stating “any action against Dr G N Saibaba should await the final
decision of the Hon’ble High Court in the matter of his appeal”.
“The decision to terminate his services without waiting for his
reply, when he is unable to respond because of prison lockdown
conditions and extreme ill-health (that includes testing positive for
Covid-19 along with other life-threatening ailments) seems arbitrary,
vindictive and against the principles of natural justice,” DUTA said.
“It is pertinent to note that at the time of his initial suspension,
and even subsequently, the Ram Lal Anand College or its Governing Body
never made out a case for disciplinary action against Dr G N Saibaba
independent of the criminal case filed by Maharashtra Police against
him,” they said.