The management of Kashmir Law College Srinagar has removed Dr Sheikh Showkat from the post of principal and the process to appoint the head has been initiated by the college management.
According to a statement to a local news agency, Dr Showkat has been “a hard-line ideologue of Pakistani backed separatist organisations and in 2016, he along with Pakistani-sponsored secessionist Syed Ali Geelani, Arundhati Roy, Prof. SAR Geelani and others had participated at a convention titled – Azadi – The Only Way at Press Club of India, New-Delhi.”
The statement further reads that he was one among others who delivered an “anti-India speech” at the convention and “anti-India slogans” were also raised at the convention.
Delhi Police had registered an FIR under sections 124 A (sedition), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), and 149 (unlawful assembly) of Indian Penal Code in connection with the said convention.
The statement added: “Competent public authority are actively considering invoking relevant provisions of pension related laws that authorises the state to forfeit pension when there is credible evidence of acting as a covert ideologue of secessionist and terrorist networks to justify violence and separatist politics projecting it as moral and desirable.”
The statement further stated that “a complex auditing process has been devised by the authorities in higher education establishment to assess and quantity the harm such persons have inflicted.” (KNS)