Newly appointed AMU Vice Chancellor revokes Mustafa Zaidi’s suspension

By Staff Reporter

Aligarh: Newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University Professor Tariq Mansoor has revoked the suspension order of Professor Mustafa Zaidi on Wednesday. On his second day in office, Mansoor in exercise of the powers vested in him under section 19 (3) of the AMU Amendment Act revoked the suspension and reinstated Mustafa Zaidi on his post with immediate effect.

The Vice Chancellor has taken this decision considering the observations made by honorable High Court of Judicature at Allahabad in writ petition number, 9487 of 2017 in its judgment dated, April 6, 2017.

Former AMU VC Zameeruddin Shah suspended Mustafa Zaidi for “dereliction of duty and absence from his teaching assignment”.

In a show cause letter issued by the Registrar, Dr. Asfar Ali Khan after a special meeting of the Executive Council on October 20, 2015, it was pointed out that Zaidi was found absent from his class during the Vice Chancellor’s visit to the Department of Library and Information Science onOctober 13.

Later on, Chairman of the Department Prof. S. Shabahat Husain informed that Mr. Zaidi had not submitted any leave application for that day.

Unsatisfied with the reply of Zaidi, the then AMU VC decided that Zaidi was wrongly justifying his absence from teaching assignment. Zaidi was allegedly misquoting the rules of leave. In addition, the Vice Chancellor was of the opinion that Zaidi had indulged in misbehaviour towards him during the meeting in his office.

Following this, Zaidi was suspended from all charges of the office on October 23, 2015.

But all the necessary ‘administrative’ action against Zaidi was seemed to be more of a drama, when people alleged that Zaidi was suspended because he sat on Dharna against AMU VC on the same day of October 13.

AMU Teacher’s Association AMUTA, whose Secretary post Zaidi was holding at the time, sat on ‘Dharna’ against AMU VC Zameeruddin Shah seeking a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in admissions.

University sources inform that Zameeruddin Shah took the same opportunity to sack Zaidi, thus by trying to lower the protesting voices.

With the revoking of the suspension order, Zaidi will be considered on duty for all purposes from October 26, 2015 till the date of issuance of this order. Zaidi will be paid full salary and allowances for the period; he remained under suspension from October 26, 2015 till date, except the salary already paid to him by way of subsistence allowance.

The order has further made it clear that the charge-sheet served upon Zaidi is withdrawn and disciplinary proceedings against him be treated as closed.