A Bhayander college principal was arrested and later released on bail for allegedly molesting a student in the institute lift on Thursday.

Navghar police on Friday arrested the 52-year-old principal after a 21-year-old student filed a complaint. The girl alleged that he touched her inappropriately when she was alone with him. There was no CCTV in the lift.

The college was celebrating its annual cultural festival and students from various institutes in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar were attending programmes. After the incident, the student called up her father, who allegedly damaged equipment in the auditorium.

A college trustee told TOI the principal would not be suspended as he had obtained bail. He said they would wait for the case to be decided by court before taking any action.