According to a report in the Times Of India titled, “Delhi high court asks Jamia to set up poll panel,” dated April 19, 2012 — the Delhi High Court, in a hearing on April 18, instructed Jamia to form a committee of academicians to explore the possibility of conducting a students’ union election in Jamia.
A court prescribed five member committee is instructed to turn in a report to the court by July 24.
In addition, during the same hearing, the counsel for Hamidur Rahman, a Jamia student and the plaintive in the case, raised the issue of harassment of Rahman by Jamia in retaliation to Rahman taking the university to court.
According to a report in the Indian Express titled, “Student went to court, so Jamia certificate says he is litigatious,” dated April 19, 2012 — when Rahman applied for a good character certificate, he was given a letter that described him as: “litigatious,” “argumentative” and “has done nothing in the interest of the university.”
To which Justice Kaul, one of the presiding judge on the case is reported to have said: “This is not appropriate. It appears that such a certificate is issued only because he has filed a PIL in the court. One must not be harassed on this count. We would want the university to look into it and issue him a fresh certificate accordingly.”