Justice for Joy Laskar
This petition is to demand justice for Dr. Joy Laskar, formerly at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). His case exemplifies violations of academic freedom and absence of due process. Dr. Laskar was employed by Georgia Tech from 1995 to 2011 and was not only tenured but held the Schlumberger Chair in Microelectronics. Until May 16, 2010, Dr. Laskar graduated 41 Ph.D. students, brought in more than $50 million of funding to the university, and was one of the most prolific researchers at the institute. On May 17, 2010, officials within Georgia Tech and its licensing arm, the Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC), made allegations of malfeasance against Dr. Laskar that he misappropriated funds for his own benefit and for the benefit of his start-up company, Sayana Wireless, which was to be auctioned on May 17, 2010. Yet, Georgia Tech and GTRC management remains fully aware (1) Sayana is a Georgia Tech incubated company, and (2) GTRC itself is a minority owner of the company, and stands to benefit from its sale and (3) Dr. Laskar acted appropriately and within the known Georgia Tech and GTRC guidelines. (4) Dr. Laskar neither misappropriated funds nor did anything illegal. For the past three years, Georgia Tech and GTRC have acted without regard to the laws of the state of Georgia and disseminated untruths to the media and discussed the status of Dr. Laskar's employment and dismissal with third parties. Georgia Tech and GTRC have wasted hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars and wasted thousands of hours of time of the Office of the Attorney General of Georgia by weaving together untruths, listening to office politics and encouraging Dr. Laskar's arrest (without indictment) September 24, 2010, in an attempt to disgrace him. Dr. Laskar has already won two civil suits he brought against the institute, for violating its own policies for suspension without pay, and for failing to adhere to the Georgia Open Records Act. He is also appealing his wrongful termination in civil court. Now, a lawsuit is working its way through the federal court system on behalf of Centric, a company that acquired part of Sayana Wireless. Please sign this petition in support of: 1. The Georgia attorney general’s office dismissing the state racketeering charges against Dr. Laskar. 2. GT and GTRC returning Dr. Laskar’s personal and professional property to him. 3. GT reinstating Dr. Laskar’s tenure and restoring his reputation. 4. The officials within GT and GTRC who instigated the situation publicly apologizing for their reprehensible behavior. Thank you very much for your time and for giving this matter the attention it deserves.