North Delhi’s Maurice Nagar police station registered an FIR against Pardeep Phogat for allegedly beating up Ashwini Kumar, a professor of Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) in the parking lot on 14 July, as reported by The Indian Express.
Pardeep is currently pursuing Postgraduate Diploma in Global Business Operations (GBO) from SRCC. He has been the Union Sports Secretary of Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) in 2015 and has previously done his LLB from Delhi University’s Law Faculty.
Speaking to The Logical Indian, DCP Jatin Narwal of the Maurice Nagar police station, confirmed that an FIR had been lodged under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341(wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation) against the student, adding that investigation is being carried out.
Phogat has claimed that he faced discrimination because he was actively involved in politics and that he was associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). However, ABVP State Secretary, Bharat Khatana, has claimed that Phogat does not belong to their organisation.
He maintained that Ashwini Kumar, the professor in question, did not like his students to be active in politics. His dislike for politics surfaced when Phogat was given zero marks for internal assessments. Kumar even asked the other professors to do so, claimed Phogat.
In spite of his attendance being fine, Phogat said, he was denied the admit card. On 14 July, he wanted up to Kumar, requesting him not to ruin his future. But, according to the claims made by him, the professor was in no mood to pass him in the examinations.
It was then that Phogat lost his temper and slapped the professor and even kicked him. In his own words, he said, “I had no other option left in front of me.”
Dr R P Rastugi, the principal of SRCC, however, has upheld an entirely different point of view. Speaking to The Logical Indian, he clarified, “The student had significant lapses in his attendance, and so his teachers were compelled to award him a zero in his internal assessments. He failed in his last semester and did not even sit for his exams this semester.”
“It is sad how students think they can get away by doing anything. Instead of taking up his studies seriously he resorted to misbehaving with the teacher. He slapped him a couple of times, but Kumar was able to defend himself. He also hurled abuses at him and then ran away. After that, some of us went to the Maurice Nagar police station and submitted a complaint by which a FIR was registered,” he added.
The Logical Indian community condemns the entire episode and urges the concerned authorities to look into the matter and find the truth to it. Such incidents should not occur anywhere, especially on the premises of educational institutions.