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Sujit Choudhry files racial bias lawsuit against UC Berkeley

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Sujit Choudhry has filed a lawsuit against UC Berkeley, alleging the university used him as a scapegoat to repair the system’s image.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — One week after his return to work sparked protest on the campus of UC Berkeley, law professor Sujit Choudhry —accused of sexually harassing his assistant — fired back in federal court against the university system with a racial bias lawsuit.

Filed Thursday, the lawsuit alleges the system and its president, Janet Napolitano, made the former law school dean a “pariah” to distract the public from UC’s botched handling of a string of sexual harassment cases.

“By targeting Professor Choudhry, who is of South Asian descent and a non-U.S. citizen, the University hopes to deflect attention from its failure to meaningfully punish Caucasian faculty and administrators who were found to have committed appalling sexual misconduct,” stated the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The suit also names outgoing UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and other campus leaders.

A UC Berkeley spokesperson told Diya TV Thursday the university had just become aware of the lawsuit. “At this point what can be said is that the university intends to mount a vigorous and successful defense,” said Dan Mogulof.

A campus investigation concluded that Choudhry had repeatedly subjected his executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell, to hugs, kisses and caresses. However, Choudhry — who was given a one-time, 10 percent pay cut and agreed to write a letter of apology and undergo training — was initially allowed to retain his powerful position within the law school. He stepped down months later, in March, after Sorrell filed a lawsuit and the case became public.

Days after the story surfaced, Napolitano ordered a second round of disciplinary proceedings against Choudhry. In a strongly worded letter ordering the probe, the president directed Dirks to “immediately take steps to ensure that Sujit Choudhry does not return to campus for the remainder of the term.”

Choudhry returned to the law school this month, though he is not teaching.

He argues, in the suit, that the university used him to repair the system’s image — and that the university, which he said is now trying to fire him, violated his rights by reopening the case.

“In the spring of 2016, when the University’s inconsistent response to sexual harassment became the subject of national media attention, University President Janet Napolitano chose to use the case of Sujit Choudhry … as a means to try to improve the University’s image as well as her own,” the suit says.

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India-China strike détente over border issues

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Ladakh, INDIA (Diya TV)  — Just days after Indian Prime Minister Modi visited the frontlines in Ladakh to encourage his troops and honor those lost in a recent battle with China, India and China jointly announced both countries will disengage, pulling back in a limited manner at separate key points. A two-hour frank conversation between both nation’s foreign ministers led to the breakthrough. While both sides claim their sovereignty had been violated, India made some major economic moves against China in recent days, banning investment, stopping Chinese participation in freeway developments and blocking 59 apps including TikTok. TikTok announced they would lose up to $6 billion because of India’s ban.

In a statement on his agenda for Muslim Americans, presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden said he was disappointed with the Indian government’s implementation of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act and recent actions in Jammu and Kashmir. Biden has a long list of agendas he plans to implement if he is elected President, but there is no listing as of yet for Hindu and Sikh Americans.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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COVID-19 explodes: 50,000 cases in one day, 10,000 in Florida

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AUSTIN, Texas (Diya TV)  — Fears of a COVID19 spike have been realized, as the caseload around the nation continues to set records daily. On Wednesday, 50,000 new cases were reported around America, 10,000 in Florida alone. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is now mandating masks in his hard-hit state and states that were starting to open up are now reworking their plans in order to combat COVID19.

As Indian and Chinese military commanders held a third round of talks on disengagement, the Indian government made another move against business and investment from China, announcing Chinese companies will not be allowed to take part in India’s highway and transportation projects, among other sectors. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi deleted his account on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.

President Trump though White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany made his strongest remarks to date on the India-China conflict, saying “China’s aggressive stance along the India-China border fits with a larger a pattern of Chinese aggression in other parts of the world and these action only confirm the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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California lawsuit alleges caste-based discrimination at Cisco

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV)  — California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Silicon Valley titan Cisco Systems and two of their former employees alleging discrimination against an Indian-American Dalit employee. The man claims harassment by two men who are Indian Americans of a higher caste, former Cisco engineering managers Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella. Cisco denies the charges.

On the heels of India banning 59 Chinese apps from being distributed, the FCC designated Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE as threats to national security, saying money allocated by the government for broadband and other 5G related products cannot be used on equipment by those vendors. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lauded India for their ban of Chinese apps.

And in a new letter to Secretary of State Pompeo, 20 Senators are urging the Trump Administration to grant emergency refugee protections to Hindu and Sikh communities that have been long persecuted in Afghanistan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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