I was working as the Principal of private engineering college based at Madurai. On 14.9.13, I submitted the resignation thro' email to all the four trustees of the college trust including the Chairman and the Director.The scanned image of the hand written letter was also sent as an attachment along with the email by 11.00 am.In the afternoon, the letter was handed over in person to the Director who manages the day to day affairs of the college. He accepted the resignation in principle and agreed to relieve immediately as per my request. He asked me to start the charge handing over process and it was started by me on 14.9.13 itself to the Vice-principal.On Monday 16.9.13 evening, the process was completed and I even handed over the acknowledgement of certificates to get my relieving order, experience certificate and all the original certificates of my qualifications and experience.However, the Director told me that I need to meet the Chairman sir as I was appointed by him.
He gave me the appointment on 18.9.13.On 17.9.13, the Director thro' the Vice-Principal told me to not to report to duty (when I was ready) as I had been relieved from the post.When I met the Chairman he asked me to give a written request to waive the condition of the three months notice period. As per the original appointment order issued to me on 10.1.2010, there was no mention of the resignation conditions including the notice period.On the date of joining 19.2.2010, I was forced to accept a new set of conditions on my own agreeing for the three months pay in lieu of the notice period.I gave a written request stating that as per the original appointment order, I was expected to serve the institution for 3 years only.But, I had served the same for 3 years and seven months and there was no mention of the notice period for resignation.The Chairman said that he will discuss with the trustees and then inform me.On 23.9.12, he asked me to pay three months salary in lieu of the notice period to get my relieving order and original certificates.I had been repeatedly requesting him but he is adamently insisting that I must pay a sum of Rs.3.75 lacs to get what I want.I am out of job because of this for the past one month and I was not yet paid my sept.13 salary till date.When I asked him to give it in writing about the requirement, he is evasive and dodgy.Even after a months time, there is no official communication on this.
I therefore, request your good selves to suggest me the suitable course of action and details of legal remedies available to come out this stale mate.Meanwhile, my prospective employer is threatening to cancel my appointment order.Based on this offer only, I decided to resign. Time is really running out. Please advise me. Thank you very much!