SHILLONG | July 12, 2019:
The Co-Chairman of the Meghalaya State Law Commission and former minister, BM Lanong on Friday submitted a letter to the Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui seeking the Government’s interference into the St. Edmund’s College’s imbroglio.
According to the letter forwarded to Rymbui dated today, Lanong requested the state government to reject the “unilateral” order of the College in “maliciously” sacking the Assistant Professor of the college, Jefferyson Wahlang and to advise the College Authority to withdraw the order relieving him from service.
It may be mentioned that the Authorities of St. Edmund’s College, Shillong and the Meghalaya College Teachers Association (MCTA) have been at loggerhead for quite sometime now over the termination of Assistant Professor of the College, Jefferyson Wahlang.
Meanwhile, the Congregation of Christian Brothers, who runs the college, had recently filed a petition before the High Court of Meghalaya opposing the strike of teachers. However, the court refused to take it up and disposed of the case.
“As a concerned citizen, I am flabbergasted over the series of ongoing barbs against the college, spanning from corruption allegations, scandalous admissions and now to an arbitrary expulsion of a respectable assistant professor on filmsy grounds,” read the letter.
The former Law minister said that the government should take up this matter strongly since Prof Wahlang’s appointment was approved by the Department of Higher and Technical Education in a sanctioned post, with UGC pay scale, in 2017.
He observed that the content of the letter dated June 6, 2019 signed by the secretary of the college and received by the professor after six days wanted the latter to explain whether he willingly participated in the black flag demonstration outside the staff room on May 20, 2019 to which Prof Wahlang affirmed that he did participate in the sit-in demonstration on the direction of the MCTA college unit, however, without staying away from his classes and other exam duties alloted to him, as explained by him in his letter dated June 24.
Thereafter, the order dated June 28 signed by the secretary of the college was issued informing Prof Wahlang that he has been relieved from his duties with immediate effect.
“That the college authority did neither deliberately specify clearly as to the grounds of sacking him from service, nor afforded to him the opportunity to explain and defend himself in accordance with the law.
“The College authority seems to be ignorant of the Rule of Law, or rather willfully violative of the democratic rights, bring enjoyed also by all other employees all over the country, when any lawful demonstration observed within the parameters of the law, is permissible.
The government should advise the college authority to withdraw the termination order, said Lanong adding “As this will also save the college from possible embarassment when the matter is referred to the corridor of the judiciary.”