A Dark Day for Student Democracy: High Court Dismisses Case Against Jamia

[Following is an official Jamia press release.]

In a singular judgment today the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi asked the three petitioners, who had filed a case against Jamia Millia Islamia, to withdraw their case against the university.”

The three petitioners, who had filed a Writ Petition in the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in December 2011, were seeking directions for holding elections to the student’s body in the Jamia Millia Islamia.

They had filed the writ petition in this December against the university and were seeking the court’s intervention in lifting the ban on students’ union election.

The matter was heard by a division bench of the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi (quorum Hon’ble Justice Mr. Sanjay Krishnan Kaul and Hon’ble Justice Mr. Rajeev Shakdher). Elongated arguments were advanced from both sides.

The Jamia informed the court of the excruciating circumstances that prevented the University to hold direct elections in the Jamia. The university also cited that there is a mechanism to air grievances of the students and their representation is ensured through subject associations in various departments/faculties of the university.

The court observed that the petition was preferred by individuals who were not on the regular rolls of the University. The court noted that one Mr. Afroz Alam Sahil, who was also a petitioner, has not been attending classes in the University.

The Learned Judges were of the opinion that the petitioners do not genuinely raise issues pertaining to electoral politics on campus and they being non-interested parties, Justice S.K. Kaul was inclined to dismiss the writ petition.

At this juncture the Council for petitioner withdrew the writ petition against Jamia Millia Islamia.

(Media Coordinator)
Jamia Millia Islamia

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