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No consensus in SC: roadblocks for JNUSU election persist

Last Updated: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 21:53

New Delhi: The roadblocks for holding
students union elections in Jawaharl Lal Nehru University
persist as no consensus was reached between the parties in the
Supreme Court over the extent to which the recommendations of
a high-level committee was to be implemented.

While Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, who is
assisting the court in the matter as amicus curaie, favoured
adherence in toto to J M Lyngdoh committee`s recommendation,
the JNUSU opposed any such move.

The students union had sought an interim direction for
holding the election by relaxing the upper age limit of 28
years and restriction on the number of chance for candidates
to contest the polls.

However, when Subramnium did not agree with the proposal,
a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices
Deepak Verma and B S Chauhan did not pass any order and posted
the matter for hearing in July.

"We will not pass any order now and hear the matter in
July," it said when the contesting parties failed to develop
consensus for holding the elections in the university.

The elections to the students union of JNU was stayed by
the apex court in October, 2008, after Subramanium had in 2007
moved an application that two conditions -- upper age limit of
28 years and one chance for contesting the elections--
recommended by the Lyngdoh Committee was violated in JNU.

Advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for students union,
submitted if the recommendations were accepted in full, the
very edifice on which the elections are held in the campus
would be lost.

He said the model adopted by JNU for its students union
election has been praised by the Lyngdoh committee as it is
free from money and muscle power.

The students union had sought vacation of the stay for
holding the elections.


First Published: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 21:53

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