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Eight FIRs registered against JNU Professor Atul Johri accused of sexual misconduct

SNS | New Delhi |

Eight FIRs have been registered by Delhi Police against the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Professor Atul Johri for the alleged sexual misconduct.

The police summoned him on Tuesday and a notice was issued, asking him to cooperate in the police investigation.

“We have recorded the statements of the complainants. A few more female students have approached the police and levelled similar allegations against Johri. It is being examined. Legal action will be initiated. The investigation is being closely monitored by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Monika Bhardwaj,” Joint Commissioner of Police Ajay Chaudhary said.

A group of woman students of the university on 15 March had levelled allegations of sexual harassment and financial irregularities against Johri, a professor of the School of Life Sciences (SLS).

At a press meet held on the campus last week, the woman students of the SLS issued a statement that said, “The professor often makes sexually-coloured remarks, open demands for sex and comments on the figure of almost every girl. If a girl objects, he holds a grudge against her.”

Another statement issued by the students said, “There is a financial nexus between the professor and the administration. No instrument has been purchased for years, but still crores of rupees have been spent.”

A 26-year-old student, who went missing and was later traced to her relative’s house, had also sent an e-mail to the professor, saying, “I am leaving your so-called prestigious lab, just because you are a characterless person and have no manners when it comes to talking to girls.”

Denying the allegations, the professor said, “Some girls, who have levelled the allegations against me, had received a mail from me on February 27 regarding their irregular attendance in the lab. So, they are targeting me.”

(With inputs from agencies)