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Plea filed with pvt interest, prof tells HC

PTI
Published : Aug 11, 2018, 1:50 am IST
Updated : Aug 11, 2018, 1:50 am IST

The professor sought dismissal of the petition saying there was no bonafide interest of the petitioner in this litigation.

Delhi High Court. (Photo: PTI)
 Delhi High Court. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: A Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) associate professor on Friday contended in the Delhi high court that the plea making allegations of plagiarism against him was not maintainable as it was filed with a private interest in mind.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice C. Hari Shankar was informed by the professor’s counsel that his book was an edited version of his thesis and almost the same piece of research work, and sought dismissal of the plea saying it was “only a personal dispute” with the petitioner.

 

The court was hearing a plea seeking removal of JNU associate professor S.K. Ishtiaque Ahmed from his post in the Centre for Persian and Central Asian Studies alleging that he has plagiarised works of several authors in his Ph.D thesis as well as in a book on Iranian politics.

“This showed that the petitioner has a malafide intention to malign and confuse the university authorities that had already acted upon the previous complaint of April 25, 2017 made by the petitioner,” the professor said in an affidavit filed before the court.

The petition by Nadeem Akhtar, a Ph.D research scholar in the same department of the varsity, has alleged that despite the instances of plagiarism being brought to the attention of the Jawaharlal Nehru Univer-sity, no action was taken and the person concerned was promoted from assistant professor to his current position of associate professor.

 

The professor sought dismissal of the petition saying there was no bonafide interest of the petitioner in this litigation and it was only a personal dispute with him.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on August 13 after JNU’s counsel Kushal Kumar said the university filed its response on Thursday and it was yet to come on record.

The court had earlier asked the JNU to file a status report in the matter after conducting an inquiry and also initiate criminal action, if the professor was found in the wrong.

The plea has alleged that “a huge chunk of his (professor’s) thesis is lifted verbatim from 15 different sources.”    

 

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