HC orders Nagpur University to pay Rs 5 lakh to ex-prof Shoma Sen

Nagpur, August 15

The Bombay High Court has directed Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University to pay Rs 5 lakh to Shoma Sen, a former professor arrested within the Elgar Parishad-Maoist hyperlinks case, in the direction of her retirement advantages.

A division bench of Justices R Ok Deshpande and N B Suryawanshi handed an interim order on Sen’s petition on Thursday, asking the varsity to launch the quantity in per week.

Sen, who’s in jail since she was arrested in 2018, has moved the Nagpur bench of the excessive court docket towards the college’s choice to withhold her gratuity and Provident Fund.

Sen was head of the Post Graduate Department of English on the varsity and retired in July 2018.

But earlier than that, in June 2018, the varsity suspended her from service following her arrest, and withheld the retirement advantages.

She moved the HC by means of her lawyer Prakash Meghe searching for the discharge of her pension and different advantages.

The excessive court docket in its interim order famous that the varsity failed to supply passable clarification as to why the advantages have been withheld.

The court docket posted the petition for additional listening to after 4 weeks.

“In the meantime, we direct the University to pay an amount of 5,00,000 to the petitioner within a period of one week, without prejudice to the rights and contentions of the parties. This shall be subject to further adjustment upon final adjudication,” the court docket mentioned.

Sen was amongst those that have been arrested following the Pune Police’s investigation into the Elgar Parishad conclave of December 31, 2017, which had been allegedly backed by the Maoists, and the violence close to Bhima-Koregaon struggle memorial the following day. — PTI


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