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,
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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