NUS stops projects with ex-NMP Viswa Sadasivan over sexual harassment allegations

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Former Nominated Member of Parliament Viswa Sadasivan, as seen on an episode of his talk show. (PHOTO: Screenshot/YouTube)
Former Nominated Member of Parliament Viswa Sadasivan, as seen on an episode of his talk show. (PHOTO: Screenshot/YouTube)

SINGAPORE – The National University of Singapore (NUS) has decided to stop all projects with former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Viswa Sadasivan and his company, Strategic Moves Pte Ltd.

In a letter to alumni on Saturday (21 February) evening, the Office of Alumni Relations said that this is "in light of allegations of sexual harassment by Ms Sharul Channa and Ms Kiran Kandade against Mr Viswa Sadasivan".

Sadasivan has also stepped down as a member of the NUS Alumni Advisory Board, which he has served for about 15 years.

"The University does not condone any behaviour or action that is disrespectful and disparaging of individuals, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion or age," NUS said. The incident between Mr Sadasivan and Ms Channa, it added, "took place during the online interview series Inconvenient Questions".

"This series is a collaboration between Strategic Moves Pte Ltd and the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) – a graduate club and registered society which is a separate and independent entity from the university," NUS said.

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Sharul posted about the incident on Facebook, several hours after it happened, alleging that Sadasivan had made a sexual comment before the taping of an interview. She went through with the interview session, but later asked for an apology and to withdraw from the show.

In reaction to Sharul's 4 February post, doctoral researcher Kiran Kandade said in the comments section that she had received sexually inappropriate text messages from Sadasivan in the course of discussing work matters some five years ago.

Sadasivan has apologised privately to both women, with the latest apology emailed to Kiran on Friday.

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