The Centre has removed a Jawaharlal Nehru University professor, accused of sexual harassment, from the Supreme Court-empowered Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), tasked with taking various measures to tackle air pollution.

The Environment Ministry, in an order issued on July 4, announced the removal of Atul Kumar Johri, a Professor at the School of Life Sciences at JNU.

Prof. Johri was arrested in March for allegedly sexually harassing several women students. He is currently out on bail.

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Despite repeated attempts, Prof. Johri did not respond to queries regarding his removal from the EPCA.

Students, professors and women rights organisations had demanded his arrest following allegations by some students of sexual harassment by him.

The Environment Ministry, in its notification, also said it had removed another member, Professor Mukesh Khare of the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT-Delhi, from the EPCA.

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