No consensus in SC: roadblocks for JNUSU election persist
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Last Updated: Monday, May 03, 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 03, 2010, 21:53

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