HC asks varsity to return documents to retired professor in eight weeks or pay ₹10 lakh compensation

The Madras High Court has ordered the University of Madras to pay a compensation of ₹10 lakh to a retired biochemistry professor if he fails to retrieve and return within eight weeks all the original documents he submitted for the Tamil Nadu Senior Scientist Award 2016 in 2017. .

Justice R. Subramanian said that if the documents cannot be found, the University Vice-Chancellor should initiate an inquiry to resolve and recover the responsibility of persons not below the rank of Head of Department (HoD) whose documents have been lost. damage from them.

The judge ordered the petitioner S. Subramanian to pay costs of ₹10,000 to the Registrar of the University. Pursuant to the latter, he submitted his application for the award to the HoD of Biochemistry on 23 December 2017, along with his original mark sheets and other educational certificates.

The HoD was expected to send the application, along with supporting documents, to Science City through the university Registrar. However, he claimed that the request was not forwarded at all, despite several email reminders to the then university Registrar.

After hearing the petitioner’s counsel, the Registrar and the HoD of the Department of Biochemistry, and reading the submissions, the judge ruled: “A perusal of the affidavits and counter-affidavits would show that all is not well with the petitioner as well as the petitioner. the university There is mutual distrust and hostility.’

Rejecting the petitioner’s argument that he did not produce original documents, he said: “The conduct of the petitioner and the respondents by very highly placed persons and very well-educated academicians is very deplorable 1 (Registration). ) and 2 (V. Elangovan, HoD) have behaved».

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