JMI Students' Union Election: Matter Sub-Judice, Vice Chancellor Tells Students

Students of JMI University recently urged the varsity administration to restore union elections -- banned since 2006 -- and declare a date for the polls before October 10.

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JMI Students' Union Election: Matter Sub-Judice, Vice Chancellor Tells Students

JMI Students' Union Election: Matter Sub-Judice, Vice Chancellor Tells Students

New Delhi:  Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) administration informed the student community that the decision regarding the students' union is depended on the cases pending in Delhi High Court. Students of JMI University recently urged the varsity administration to restore union elections -- banned since 2006 -- and declare a date for the polls before October 10.

A statement from the university said the Vice Chancellor considered representation from students and agreed in principle to their demand for restoration of student union in JMI. 

However, the Vice Chancellor apprised the students of the legal and technical problems involved in this matter, about, the writ petition which was filed in 2012 in the High Court for holding students union election is pending and the entire record documents pertaining to this case are not available in the official records. The writ petition is listed in the category of regular matter for final hearing.

As such the matter being sub-judice in the Court, the University has applied for procurement of the records of this case on 9th October 2017, said a statement from the varsity.

Legally speaking, the statement added that there are only three options available in the matter: (a) The petitioner may withdraw the case from the Hon'ble High Court, or (b) The regular students presently on the roll of the University may approach the High Court for seeking urgent relief as interested party in the matter which is sub-judice, or (c) The case being regular matter is decided on merits as per its own terms.

In a memorandum submitted to vice chancellor Talat Ahmad, the students of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) had said, "We have suffered immensely for the last 11 years since students union was scrapped in 2006."

The JAC - with members from various student bodies including the National Students' Union of India (NSUI), Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti, All India Students' Association and Jamia Students' Forum - which was formed to raise the demand for students     union in the varsity had announced about today's protest two days ago.

The students also complained that they had no representation in decision making bodies of the varsity and "no mechanism ensured accountability of such bodies".

"As soon as the official records are available from the High Court, the legal issues involved will be examined and necessary steps will be taken to resolve the issue as per the options available," said the university.

The JMI administration also said that any action on the part of the students or the Respondent University without the specific directive of the Court in this issue will amount to Contempt of the Court.

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