With a five-member team led by SP S Maheshwaran from the State Human Rights Commission on Wednesday completing investigation into allegations against teaching faculty at Kalakshetra foundation, the panel is likely to submit a report soon.

State Women’s Commission chairperson AS Kumari had visited the college in person and questioned the students on the allegations. 

Similarly, the State Human Rights Commission also conducted an investigation.

They interrogated college director Ramachandran, deputy director Padmavathy and principal Bagala Ramadoss. 

They also interrogated about 30 students today.

As opted by the students The team had conducted the inquiry with students separately without the presence of the management so that they could freely express their views to the commission. 

The investigation was completed this afternoon and is expected submit the final report to the State Human Rights Commission.

Last Monday, City Police arrested Hari Padman, an assistant professor in Kalakshetra foundation, two days after he was booked on sexual harassment charges based on a complaint by a former student of the institute.

Kalakshetra Protestsplco

Police and human rights organisations inclusive of National commission of women has jumped in to action after women more than 300 women students came to street and protested against institute silence over the sexual harassment charges

The SHRC had earlier ordered a suo-moto probe into the complaints of alleged sexual harassment in the institute and directed the inquiry committee to file a detailed report within six weeks.

The officials also inquired about some of the staff of the Rukmani Devi College of Fine Arts in connection with the allegations levelled by the students against a few professors and staff.

Meanwhile, the Kalashetra Foundation appointed committee led by the retired Justice Kannan and retired DGP Letika Saran has also started their probe.

Earlier Hari Padman was arrested and is now detained in Puzhal prison based on the complaint of a former student of Kalashetra Foundation who complained of sexual harassment in 2019. 

As per the request of the state women commission chairperson AS Kumari, the Kalashetra Foundation has placed the four errant staff, including Hari Padman in suspension 

The IX Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Saidapet court complex on Tuesday dismissed the bail petition of Hari Padman, 46, an assistant professor of Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts under the Kalakshetra Foundation, who was arrested recently on charges of sexual harassment. 

Last month, the students of the Kalakshetra Foundation resorted to protests demanding the dismissal of four staff members, including Padman, who have been accused of inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment of girl students on the campus. 

Adyar all-woman police arrested Padman on April 3 under various sections.