He further claimed that "the girl wasn't sure she wanted to treat it as a sexual harassment complaint".
"Life is not above law. The girl wasn't sure she wanted to treat it as a sexual harassment complaint. If I would have reported it to police, it would have been breach of trust," he added.
About the audio recordings submitted to police by the complainant claiming that Thampu had put pressure on her to not treat the matter as that of sexual harassment, Thampu said they have been "mischievously edited".
"I shall make no comments on the merit of the contents and how cleverly they have been manipulated, insofar as a police investigation into the case is in progress but they have being mischievously edited," he said.
The research scholar had approached police on June 19 alleging that she was molested by Satish Kumar, an assistant professor of Chemistry Department, and that Thampu had tried to shield the accused when the matter was reported to him.
Though the High Court has ordered a stay on Kumar's arrest till August 17, the demands for Thampu's resignation in wake of the allegations has been growing louder.
Women organisations today came up in arms against Thampu for "mishandling" the issue.
"We demand immediate reassigning of the PhD supervisor and initiation of an external inquiry into the principal's role and institutional failure to address such cases," several women organisations, including All India Democratic Women's Association, Centre for Struggling Women, Saheli and All India Progressive Women Association, said in a joint statement.
Meanwhile, the HRD Ministry today asked UGC to ensure that the college's ICC completes the enquiry "expeditiously" and "impartially".