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Date of Incident: February 14, 2024

Attack Types: Other

Institution(s):Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On February 14, 2024, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B) sent Deepak Malghan, an associate professor in public policy, a gag order against publicly commenting about IIM-B.

Malghan had previously criticized caste discrimination and lack of transparency at IIM-B. The institution issued the order because Malghan’s violated their unspecified services rules. In a post on X, Malghan stated that he had challenged the order.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about a higher education institution sanctioning a faculty member in retaliation for the exercise of freedom of expression – conduct that is expressly protected by international human rights instruments including the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which India is a party. Higher education authorities should refrain from such legal actions and respect scholars’ rights to freedom of expression. In addition to the harm to the immediate victim, legal actions intended to deter or punish free expression undermine academic freedom and democratic society generally.