Suspended professor Dr Neeraj Hatekar is receiving support from all corners. After members from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lent their support to the professor, now it’s the turn of the Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray. Thackeray junior visited Dr Hatekar’s resident and extended his support to the professor of econometrics and according to sources, condemned the incident and said that the Yuva Sena would back him.
Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray visited Dr Neeraj Hatekar’s home and lent his support. Pic/Nimesh Dave
Confirming the same, Dr Hatekar said, “Yuva Sena president Aaditya Thackeray visited my house and condemned the incident and lamented about my suspension. He said he wished to convey his support to me as well as my students, who have supported me.” Dr Hatekar, who was suspended on January 4 for holding a press conference and criticising the mismanagement of the administration and the vice-chancellor’s appointment, has been holding lectures outside the Kalina campus on the street, so that his students would not suffer.
However, yesterday, the professor cancelled his lectures, as he wanted to prepare himself for a meeting with the management council at the Fort campus today at 4 pm. The meeting was called after the chancellor and Governor of the state K Sankarnarayanan intervened and asked Vice Chancellor Rajan Welukar to resolve the issue amicably ('Governor meets VC over Prof Hatekar’s suspension,' Jan 17). Commenting on the same, Dr Hatekar added, “Since the council meeting is going to take place on Saturday, I had to prepare for it. Hence, I cancelled my lectures but they will resume on Monday again between 3 pm and 5 pm.