Gay prof's death: FIR against officials, journos

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Gay prof's death: FIR against officials, journos
Aligarh, Apr 10: Troubles are mounting for the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) following the mysterious death of the gay professor on Wednesday, Apr 7.

A first information report (FIR) was filed against four AMU officials and some journalists for invading the privacy of the professor SR Siras on Saturday, Apr 10.

The death of Siras is widely suspected to be a suicide. The professor was in Feb 2010 suspended over his sexual orientation.

The suspension on the grounds of 'misconduct' came after the video of the professor indulging in a consensual homosexual act with a rickshaw puller in his room on the university premises
emerged.

The video was filmed as part of a sting operation therefore accounting for breaching of privacy.

The FIR came in response to a court order. The professor had earlier approached chief judicial magistrate's (CJM) court against the AMU officials and local journalist involved in carrying out the sting operation.

"Four AMU officials - Zubair Khan (proctor), Farheed Ahmad Khan (deputy proctor), Rahat Abrar (public relations officer), NAK Durrani (media adviser) and three local journalists have been booked under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code," police Inspector Ghanshyam Singh informed the media.

The official added that the seven people have been booked under several sections including, 347 (wrongful confinement), 355 (assault with intent to dishonour person), 452 (house trespass), 506 (criminal intimidation), 120 B (criminal conspiracy).

Siras had also move the high court against his suspension, in response to which, the court had stayed his suspension along with the AMU's order of vacating his official accommodation on Apr 1.

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