New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has won another round in his longstanding battle with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, as a local court Monday ordered the premier institute to pay his salary for the period between 1972 and 1991.
The court has directed the institute to pay the dues at an interest of 8 per cent per annum, which his lawyer told ThePrint, was roughly around Rs 40 to 45 lakh.
After 47 years the IIT Delhi lost to me In The Saket Court and has to pay my back salary at annual 8% interest compounded. Earlier they had to restore me to my Professorship of Economics.which I resigned after a day. Let this be an example to all perverts in the academic world
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 8, 2019
On their part, authorities at IIT-Delhi said the matter will now go to the institute’s Board of Governors, which will further decide on the matter. “We will inform the board and let them further decide on what should be done,” IIT-Delhi director V. Ramagopal Rao told ThePrint.
Before joining politics, Swamy had taught economics at IIT for three years from 1969 to 1972. In 1972, he was sacked by the institute following several confrontations with the administration. While he was reinstated by a Delhi court in 1991, he has been claiming that his removal was politically motivated, and has been seeking his dues.
‘Example to all perverts in the academic world’
Following the court order, Swamy tweeted that it should be an example to all “perverts in the academic world”.
“After 47 years the IIT Delhi lost to me In The Saket Court and has to pay my back salary at annual 8% interest compounded… Let this be an example to all perverts in the academic world,” Swamy tweeted.
While he had demanded that he be paid his salary at an interest of 18 per cent per annum, the court has directed IIT to pay him at 8 per cent interest.
All these years, IIT-Delhi resisted paying his dues arguing that Swamy never furnished information about his earnings from the period 1972-1991, for which he was seeking dues. The institute further said that he continued teaching economics at Harvard summer school at that time.
After years of fighting with the institute when no result was in sight, the Human Resource Development ministry had reportedly asked IIT to opt for an out-of-court settlement but the institute refused.