FIR filed against ‘gay’ professor

Bhubaneswar: Authorities of College of Basic Science and Humanities under Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) today lodged an FIR here at Khandagiri police station against a Chemistry professor of their institution for sexually harassing some male students.

On Friday, the accused Pradeep Jena, was suspended after a group of students levelled physical assault and sexual harassment charges on him.

A committee, comprising professors of the institution, which was set up to probe into the charges levelled by the students has found evidence against the accused for encouraging cheating during examinations and physically assaulting students.

Sources said the VC had set up the three-member departmental committee after allegations of sexual assault were levelled by seven students against Jena on April 8.

Since then Jena was asked to go on leave till the committee came up with its report.