Kochi: BSNL has ordered compulsory retirement of rights activist Rehana Fathima whose attempt to enter Sabarimala temple in 2018 following a Supreme Court order had stirred a controversy.
Fathima (33), a telecom technician with BSNL here, has been asked to leave the company as an internal enquiry committee found that she had intentionally outraged the religious feelings of devotees through social media posts.
Fathima had been under suspension from service for the past 18 months following her arrest in November 2018, sources said on Friday.
The inquiry panel found that Fathima's acts were subversive of discipline and amounted to misconduct.Challenging the action, Fathima said she would contest it at the Central Administrative Tribunal as well as Kerala High Court.
Fathima said she had anticipated the dismissal after they extended my suspension by six months. "I could feel it from the way the inquiry was proceeding", she alleged that there was a political intervention behind the decision.(UNI)