DU eats its words as Irani wants suspended staff back
After admitting that all five officials were suspended on Friday on charges of leaking information on Smriti Irani’s BA admit card, the DU officials on Saturday said the report was ‘incorrect’. In a statement released by the university on Saturday, DU said, ‘No officials have been suspended in connection with the purported leaking of documents about HRD minister Smriti.’
Terming media reports on suspension of five non-teaching staff as ‘incorrect’, the DU statement by vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh said: ‘The University has learnt that no suspension order has been issued to any employee of the School of Open Learning.’
DU’s media coordinator Malay Neerav, who had on Friday told Millennium Post about the suspension, said that there has been a ‘communication gap’ on the issue.
‘There was some communication gap. I had spoken to senior officials of SOL and was informed that five officials were being suspended. However, no order was passed. So the media reports are incorrect,’ Neerav said when asked to clarify on the issue.
Meanwhile, Irani on Saturday asked DU to ‘reinstate’ all non-teaching staff members. Irani said that in public life one should be open to scrutiny and criticism. ‘So am I,’ the minister said on microblogging site Twitter.
She said that ‘since Delhi University is an autonomous institution, I have put forth my personal appeal to the vice chancellor to reinstate the officials’.
University sources had on Friday said that its School of Open Learning has suspended five persons on the suspicion that they entered a confidential domain and accessed documents which were leaked.