IIT Delhi director resigns over BJP's Swamy's dues

IIT Delhi Director Raghunath K Shevgaonkar has resigned because he has been under pressure from the ministry to release nearly Rs.70 lakhs to former IIT D faculty now BJP functionary Subramanian Swamy as his overdue salary. IIT Delhi maintained that Swamy had not provided it with the details of his earnings from the time of his termination as a professor in 1972 to March 1991 when he was reinstated on a court order. Swamy demanded his salary dues plus 18% interest, which both IIT and the HRD ministry initially rejected. Swamy then went to the Delhi high court and last year the court dismissed IIT"s plea that his petition be not entertained. The ministry changed its stance after the Modi government assumed office this year and sought the advice of the department of personnel & training on whether Swamy's case came under the government's financial and service rules and if he could be granted 'extraordinary leave' between 1972 and 1991. It also held a meeting between Shevgaonkar and other IIT officials with Swamy, but Shevgaonkar was not in favour of an out-of-court settlement and wanted to continue the legal battle, as he felt a settlement will create a bad precedent. He also felt the case has political overtones. When Shevgaonkar resigned, he still had two years left for his term in office to end.