High drama as Chauhan takes charge at FTII
PUNE: Actor-turned-politician Gajendra Chauhan on Thursday assumed charge as chairperson of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and immediately sought to make peace with students amidst fresh protests against his appointment as head of the prestigious institute.
Chauhan’s first visit to the institute after he was named last year as the chairman was marked by high drama as police cracked down on students opposed to his appointment saying he lacks credentials to head the prestigious institute.
Chauhan, however, said he can examine the possibility of taking back the police cases against the students if they approach him.
“The law will take its course. But I can examine scope for withdrawing cases filed against the FTII student-protesters (during 139-day strike period) if they approach me. I cannot do so until I see the files concerned,” Chauhan said.
FTII students’ association representative Vikas Urs told Hindustan Times that despite police action they will continue to protest peacefully.
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Police clash with students protesting against FTII chairperson Gajendra Chauhan outside the institute on Thursday.