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PTI Ahmedabad
Updated: 03-11-2018 19:00 IST

A senior faculty member of the

National Institute of Design (NID) here has been expelled

after a group of students accused him of sexual harassment,

the institute said Saturday.

Krishnesh Mehta, who had been teaching at the NID

since 1995, resigned last month after the institute sought to

terminate his services, it said in a statement.

The development comes amid the #MeToo movement against

sexual harassment which has gained momentum in India in recent


Mehta could not be contacted for his reaction.

According to the NID statement, a group of students

had alleged that Mehta made "undesirable and out-of-syllabus

references to sexuality and sexual relations and behaviour,"

and his conduct amounted to "sexual harassment" .

This was the second time the institute had received a

complaint against him, it added.

A few years ago his increment was stopped following

similar complaints and he had tendered a written apology then,

it said.

After the latest allegations, the NID set up an

internal inquiry committee which found the complaint to be

genuine, it said.

Mehta apologised and submitted his resignation, and

was relieved from services from October 5, the institute


He has also been barred from entering the NID campus

and involvement in any academic or other programs of the


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