Kannan Gopinathan said students wanted him to visit the library and that they “dropped the idea” after a confrontation between the students and library officials.
Kannan Gopinathan, the IAS officer who resigned from service last month citing curbs on freedom of expression imposed on the people of Jammu and Kashmir, was reportedly stopped from visiting Jaykar Knowledge Resource Centre (JKRC), the library at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) on Monday.
While Gopinathan said students wanted him to visit the library and that they “dropped the idea” after a confrontation between the students and library officials, Aparna Rajendra, director-in-charge of JKRC, said she was merely following procedures by asking for an application for the officer’s visit.
“We would have happily shown him the library, but since the reading hall is also used by other students, holding a public talk or lecture there would not have been possible,” Rajendra said. “It would have disturbed the other students.”
Gopinathan, who was in Pune to deliver a talk on Sunday evening and was at SPPU campus on Monday as part of exploring the city, told The Indian Express over telephone, “The students were very excited and wanted to show me the campus, including the library. But as conversation between students and the library official got into a confrontational mode, we decided not to escalate the matter further and dropped the idea of visiting the library. Personally, it was an experience.”