In a setback for JNUSU, Delhi High Court has issued notice to office bearers of the students union on a plea seeking contempt action against students for violating a court ruling which restrain them to protest within 100 m of admin block of university. Court sought reply till 20th February. Delhi High Court also issued interim direction barring JNU student leaders from restraining entry of Vice Chancellor, Pro Vice Chancellor, Registrar and staff into the Admin building till Monday. Moreover, Delhi High Court Court also said that JNU administration can take help of Delhi police if any extreme situation occurs.
The students of JNU had blocked the administrative block on Thursday, February 15, as they raised demands to meet the Vice Chancellor to discuss the issue of compulsory attendance required to be maintained at the university. They also restrained the officials from exiting the building. The university filed a plea in the high court stating that the protest near the administrative building disrupted their work, including the disbursal of salaries in relation to the Seventh Pay Commission.
According to a report by PTI, Justice V K Rao of the Delhi High Court directed the students that the HC order would be effective for the next three days commencing from Saturday, February 17 and that the university was also allowed to seek police assistance in order to retain the law and order prevailing in the campus. However, the order also did not “preclude” the students from protesting in a peaceful manner at the university’s Sabarmati lawn which is away from the administrative building. The university also filed a plea in the court stating that the court’s order of not protesting within 100 meres of the administrative building was violated by the students. The court also issued a notice to the students union, JNUSU, demanding a response by February 20 on the same, reported ANI in a tweet.
In its plea, JNU claimed that the protests that were taking place within the university premises violated the August 9, 2017 order of the high court of not protest within the confinement of 100 metres of the administrative block. The lawns of the Sabarmati hostel were laid aside for protests and hence, students should only be using the same for their protest.