CORPUS CHRISTI (CN) - An Indian graduate student at the University of Texas A&M Kingsville claims school officials are wrongfully trying to expel him based on false plagiarism charges levied against him by two Indian professors, who are out to get him due to regional and religious differences.
One professor, who hails from Southern India, gave the Northern Indian student an F because of the historical animosity between Southern and Northern Indians, Abhishek Mawle says. He says the other professor, a Muslim, subjected Mawle, a Hindu, to adverse academic actions because of his religion.
Mawle says that when he filed a grievance with Kingsville A&M, the dean, defendant Jane Stanford, asked him, "Why don't you just go back to India?"
He claims Stanford then compiled evidence against him due to her worries that he would retaliate violently if he was expelled. He says she filed a police report after their meeting, and cited a student's conversation with him in which he allegedly said, "I understand why people shoot up or bomb schools in America ..."
Mawle claims the FBI and Secret Service became involved after school officials notified a local Navy base about the situation, and also notified the security outfit of Vice President Dick Cheney, who was scheduled to be in the Kingsville area on a hunting trip.
"Clearly the allegations made by the university were blown out of proportion to the extent that plaintiff was being investigated for terrorist ties," the lawsuit states.
Mawle is represented in Federal Court by Gay Gilson.