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Embattled university professor did not appear in court

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Ravi Shankar. (Police photo) Ravi Shankar. (Police photo)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

An embattled professor at Central Connecticut State University was scheduled to face a judge on Wednesday for charges that he shoplifted from a hardware store, however he did not appear in court.

Ravi Shankar, 40, is accused of taking $1,000 worth of merchandise off of the shelves at Home Depot and then trying to return it, according to police.

It happened at the store on Washington Street earlier this month.

Police said an employee saw Shankar taking items to the counter.

The employee said Home Depot's computer system and the barcodes on the items showed that the merchandise in question had never been sold.

He teaches English but possibly not for this upcoming semester.

CCSU said Shankar was placed on administrative suspension without pay pending the results of investigations. It declined to comment further.

Shankar is no stranger to investigations.

In the past, he was accused of driving under the influence. He was also accused of fleeing a crash scene.

He also made headlines last year for receiving a promotion while he was behind bars.

Shankar also admitted to lying to police about charges on his credit card statement. He used CCSU computers to buy $22,000 tickets to a soccer game. He originally said it was fraud but later told police he wanted to sell the tickets to pay off his $70,000 credit card debt.

On Wednesday, Eyewitness News was told Shankar is in a treatment program which was why he wasn't in court. He is scheduled to appear in court at the end of August.

According to court documents, Shankar now lives in Rhode Island.

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