The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) and the staff association of Hindu College held a dharna outside the college here on Thursday to protest against the suspension of two permanent faculty members.

The faculty members had allegedly got into a scuffle at a staff association meeting and were suspended a couple of months ago. “Faculty members in the college complained that the two teachers had turned violent at a staff association meeting and an inquiry was instituted, pending which they were suspended as is the norm. A retired High Court judge was put in charge of the inquiry. The Governing Body meeting was supposed to take place on Thursday but was cancelled,” said Hindu College principal Pradyumn Kumar.

“Two teachers were issued show-cause notices in September by the chairman of the Governing Body, asking why action should not be taken against them for allegedly manhandling some colleagues at a staff association meeting held in August .The notice cited a complaint filed by the individuals who were allegedly manhandled. The two teachers were given time to reply till October. However, even before receiving their reply, they were issued another letter by the chairman informing them that they had been suspended, pending enquiry,” said DUTA president Nandita Narain.

“The DUTA is demanding immediate withdrawal of the suspension and a public apology to the two teachers,” she added.