Wednesday, January 06, 2016

‘Blacklisted’ US varsity fumes, to sue Air India

Hyderabad: Taking the legal battle to India's official carrier Air India, the California-based Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) has now decided to file a defamation claim against the airline for spreading "false information" about the institution. In an e-mail interaction with TOI on January 4, president of the varsity Peter Hsieh said: "We are absolutely looking into taking legal action, which would include a defamation claim due to Air India's outrageous conduct and the permanent and irreparable damage to NPU's reputation". He, however, did not specify where the "claim" will be filed -in the US or in India.
Previously, the NPU management had dashed off a strongly-worded 'cease-and-desist' letter to Air India accusing it of "tortious conduct" and unjustifiably "barring NPU students from travelling" to the US. It also sought an immediate apology and retraction of its statement about the university being blacklisted. The charges were vehemently denied by the airline operator.
NPU is one the two universities (the other being Silicon Valley University) currently caught in a controversy with several Indian students admitted by them being "discouraged" from flying to the US or being deported from their port of entry - which include Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
While SVU too is contemplating similar action, the management is yet to take a final decision on the same.
06/01/16 Sudipta Sengupta/Times of India
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