Accused professor revokes charged for sexual harassment



Shimla: Twice suspended on the charges of sexual harassment, Dr RS Yadav, chairman of biochemistry department at the Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Kangra district, would once again be seen taking classes as authorities have decided to revoke the suspension orders.

According to principal secretary, health, PC Dhiman, “Dr Yadav’s suspension has been revoked, however the government inquiry against him for alleged sexual harassment by a student is still on.”
Sighting the urgency for restoration of the accused professor’s job, Dhiman said that the department could not keep an employee under suspension for too long as it is prohibited under the service rules.

Yadav had been placed under suspension by the government for the second time in April last year on the complaint of a girl student that he was influencing her to withdraw the sexual harassment charges leveled against him.  The student, who is pursuing her four-year BSc medical laboratory technician course in the college, filed a complaint with college authorities in 2008 that Yadav made sexual advances towards her. On the basis of the complaint, a first information report was registered against him on January 17, 2008.

A senior faculty member said: “Yadav’s reinstatement has come at a time when the complainant student is still studying in the college and it has an adverse affect on the psyche of the student and also the outcome of the pending inquiry.”

An official of the college said Yadav was suspended on the complaint of the student in February 2008. However, he was reinstated within six months. He was suspended again in April 2009 on the complaint of the same victim.

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