Following huge protests from various student unions and political parties, Kerala Law Academy Principal Lekshmi Nair was debarred from examination duties for the next five years by Kerala University.
Student unions with the support of political parties have been protesting against Lekshmi Nair alleging that the principal’s behaviour was not befitting of her position. There were also allegations that she showed partiality to some students in giving marks and attendance.
The Sub-Committee constituted by the Kerala University Syndicate had reported on Saturday that allegations against Lekshmi were found to be true and had also found that undue freedom and powers had been exercised by her son’s fiancée Anuradha Nair, who was studying in the same college.
A few students even went on to tell the Committee that she used to discriminate between students “by specifying in a vulgar tone their caste, creed, colour, religion and appearance.”
The Committee said it stood convinced that the arrogant approach adopted by the Principal towards the students and their parents “have hurt their hearts deeply,” as was substantiated by the audio clippings that were handed over to the Committee as proof.
Syndicate members had clashes over the report submitted by the Sub Committee. Syndicate said that government can decide on further actions to be taken against Lekshmi.
Eight CPI (M) members and Director of Public Instruction (DPI) supported the motion that the government should immediately take action in this issue. However, CPI members and Congress members did not support the motion demanding that syndicate should recommend action be taken against the college considering all the allegations against the institution.