HC asks DU college teachers to call off strike

The Delhi High Court asked teachers of a DU college, who are on strike seeking action against the president of students` union, to either call off their stir or be ready to face contempt proceedings.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 17:56 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday
asked teachers of a DU college, who are on strike seeking
action against the president of students` union, to either
call off their stir or be ready to face contempt proceedings.

"Striking members (lecturers, professors) of Kalindi
College are prohibited from going on strike and are asked to
comply with the provisions of the Delhi University Act,
failing which they will be liable for the court of contempt
proceedings," a division bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak
Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, said.

The court, which had issued notices to the Principal
of the College, Delhi University and others including the UGC,
has now fixed the matter for further hearing on March 23.

The order came on a public interest litigation (PIL),
filed by Ramit Garg, alleging that majority of teachers
resigned from various committees of the college on September
29, last year, and were observing strike seeking action
against Karishma Vaid, president of the students` union.

Vaid and her mother had lodged a criminal complaint
against Meena Anand, one of the teachers of the girls`
college, the petition, filed by advocate Zuber Ahmed, said.

Despite a police report, giving a clean chit to Anand,
the strike has not been called off, it said, adding that the
teacher had also lodged a complaint against the student leader
under the SC/ST Act.

"Despite having no genuine grievance, the striking
lecturers are continuing with their illegal strike.

Furthermore, almost daily, during teaching hours, the teachers
are convening meeting ...are continuously disrupting the
classes and causing tremendous academic loss to the students,"
the petition said.

PTI