Evening digest: St Stephen's principal Valson Thampu offers to resign

GN Bureau | July 6, 2015



Facing criticism over handling of the research scholar molestation case, St Stephen's principal Valson Thampu today said he would resign if it was proved that "he was a cause of embarrassment to the institution". Thampu, who is facing demands for resignation for allegedly pressurising the victim to withdraw the complaint, said he had full faith in the Delhi police and slammed the "extra-judicial pressure". "If I am a cause of embarrassment to the institution and it is objectively proved, I will put in my papers that very moment," Thampu, who has been embroiled in controversies ever since he took over as college's principal in 2008, said. Scores of students, teachers and women rights activists today took to the streets demanding his resignation over the issue.

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