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18 March 2017

Recurring protests by students at JNU specify “there is something wrong somewhere”: HC

Quodsi everti ancillae vim qui lorem persius petentium Recurring protests by students at JNU specify “there is something wrong somewhere”: HC

NEW DELHI, MARCH 18 (ENA) The recurrence of protests by students at JNU specify “there is something wrong somewhere”, observes Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva of the Delhi High Court.

The observation was made after the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) said that in the past nine months there have been 92 protests in the campus and these were disrupting the functioning of the varsity.

 

The court allowed the students to agitate near the admin block. The court allowed the students to conduct their protest in the front of garden and pavement of the administrative block on the conditions that the exit and entry routes to the building should not be blocked and the decibel levels are kept low.

 

The court also altered its earlier order of 9 March restraining the students from protesting within 100 metres of the block.

Rejecting JNU’s request for continuing with the earlier order, the court said: “What would be the purpose of the protest if it was not visible and was held at some remote corner.”

While modifying its order, the court said it was looking to protect bonafide students of JNU and stressed that no outside organisation or association be allowed to dictate how the varsity or its students should function.

 

During the hearing, the court asked whether the JNU has ever introspected as to why so many protests, almost 10 every month, were being held there only and not in any other university.

The court observed, “Why so many protests are happening there only and not in other universities? There is something wrong somewhere. We have to look at the root cause. All the reasons for the protests may not be frivolous. Who would want to agitate if other means are available?”

 

“Educational environment should revive in the JNU, but it is not happening.” To ensure a proper dialogue is held and the varsity officials are not swamped by large numbers of students showing up for a meeting, the court asked the JNU Students Union (JNUSU) to nominate 3-4 persons who would represent them.

The judge asked JNUSU President Mohit Pandey, who was present in court, to call a joint meeting of all student associations in the JNU to select the persons who would be part of the dialogue with the varsity officials.

 

Till the representatives are selected, the court modified its previous order restricting students from protesting within 100 metres of the administrative block and listed the matter for further hearing on 30 March.

 

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