Over a decade-old dispute on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, Subramanian Swamy’s arrears claim from IIT-Delhi, the institute had ruled out possibilities of an out-of-court settlement stating their decision to wait for the court’s verdict.
The Board of Governor (BoG), headed by industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, had earlier set up a committee under board member and Gujarat Technological University vice-chancellor Akshai Aggarwal, to find out a quicker solution on the issue. IIT-Delhi’s decision came after a meeting by the BoGs on Saturday.
In a statement to the Indian Express, IIT-Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao said, “The next hearing is in December, we want to see what the court will say. We (IIT) also want to close it (the case). We don’t want the problem to continue, but since it is in court for now, we are not able to do anything.”
Following his appointment as a teacher in ITT-Delhi, in 1971, the institute sacked the BJP MP, citing illegal appointment. Being sacked, Subramanian Swamy took the matter to the court, won the case in 1991 and rejoined IIT Delhi on March 27, 1991 and resigned the same day. After his resignation, Swamy demanded his salary and allowances, which totals 70 lakh, from the Institute.Though the institute agreed to the Swami’s claim, but also cited Fundamental Rule 54 of the Union Government, according to which IIT-Delhi had to only pay the difference between his arrears and earnings from Harvard, where he had taught in between 1972 and 1991.